Cyborg Moths Will Soon Watch You Pee

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While some defense researchers work on creating tiny, insect-sized spy drones, others are working on turning insects into fluttering cyborgs. Georgia Tech professor Robert Michelson has modified a Manduca moth to carry and power on-board electronics, reports Flight Global:

In the latest work a Manduca moth had its thorax truncated to reduce its mass and had a MEMS component added where abdominal segments would have been, during the larval stage.

Images taken by x-ray of insects with these changes and others found that tissue growth around the inserted probes was good. One DARPA goal is to show that during locomotion the heat and mechanical power generated by the thorax could be harnessed to power the MEMS.

The goal is to create insects that can be remotely controlled to serve as remote sensing devices, giving the paranoid schizophrenic in us all one more excuse to start gibbering about “Project: Beelzebub.”

Cyborg insects ‘born’ in DARPA project [FlightGlobal.com via Danger Room]

Image: UW-Madison

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4 Responses to Cyborg Moths Will Soon Watch You Pee

  1. strider_mt2k says:

    If only we can find a woolen coat big enough in time…
    (whips off glasses)

  2. murray says:

    This is creepy stuff. And very sci-fi.

  3. License Farm says:

    If they were only cyborg flies they could be Jeff Goldblum watching you poop.

  4. Agies says:

    Time to get cracking on Project: Giant Light-Bulb.

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