remote beetles

The Army's big on remote-controlled flying beetles
The Pentagon's fabulous DARPA sci-fi unit is testing actual living beetles' ability to handle a few implanted, teensy-weensy electrodes (and eventually carrying a teensy-weensy camera) so that human controllers can send them impulses to (a) get off their butts and into the air and (b) once there, turn left or right. Multiple uses, actually. DARPA previously researched all this using moths, but, obviously, size matters. MIT Technology Review
     Posted By: Chuck - Mon Feb 02, 2009
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Sounds easier than building an ornithopter the size of a beetle.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 02/02/09 at 10:30 AM
I'll bet PETA will have something to say about this!
Posted by AGFH on 02/02/09 at 02:08 PM
dan brown who wrote 'davinci code' also wrote 'deception point' which is an excellent book. (it's totally different subject matter) in it some special forces guys have a robotic insect that is a camera/mic for recon. really cool.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 02/02/09 at 09:11 PM
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