Cyborg Dragonfly Is Controlled Remotely

Scientists keep attaching electronic accoutrements to various animals like cockroaches or locusts to make them controllable. This time researchers from Charles Stark Draper Laboratory and Howard Hughes Medical Institute attached tiny electronic backpacks to the dragonfly allowing them to be controlled remotely. The insect is controlled through pulses of light piped into certain neurons in the bug’s brain, which allows a human pilot to steer it like a drone. The eventual aim, is to use the tiny cyborgs to guide pollination, deliver payloads, or scout unsafe territory. In this video, the team has revealed how the solar-powered backpacks are attached to the insects, and briefly shown the DragonflEye taking wing for the first time.

Source: Charles Stark Draper Laboratory

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