29 January 2009 @ 10:54Radio-controlled beetles

This is just so cool:

Researchers at the university controlled the movement of beetle wings and some other parts using radio signals sent to the six electrodes on its brain and muscles. They equipped the beetle with a module incorporating a circuit to send signals to the electrodes, wireless circuit, microcontroller and battery. The university has so far succeeded in several experiments of electrically controlling insects, but it used a radio control system this time.

Radio-controlled beetles

[via TechOn]

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  1. jeremy | 29 Jan 2009 @ 15:48 #

    were any animals harmed during this experiment? or is it all good in the name of science?

  2. Jon | 29 Jan 2009 @ 15:52 #

    My guess is that they are no more harmed than a horse is harmed by being ridden or by having a plow strapped behind it.

  3. Jeremy | 01 Feb 2009 @ 23:01 #

    yeah, but that’s not the same as attaching electrodes to their brains and muscles, and flying them into walls…

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