Autonomous insect cyborg sentinels
June 30th, 2007

In a very brief article, AZoNano reports that nanotechnology is turning insects into flying cyborgs. Researchers from Cornell University have implanted ‘microfluidic devices in insects before they hatch into fully grown flying creatures.’ Of course, when they grow, these insects still carry the sensors. And if this works, they’ll be used for monitoring and security surveillance. The article doesn’t say that this project is funded by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) which has a full Hybrid Insect MEMS program. The goal of this program is to realize ‘cyborgs with most of the machine component inside the insect body to provide stealthy robots’ at low cost.

Links: Primidi, ZDNet


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