Dr. Alper Bozkurt of North Carolina State University is developing cyborg moths -- essentially real moths fitted with robotic technology that allows them be controlled remotely. Whereas there are many robots inspired by insects, this project is unique because it involves taking a real insect and turning it into a cyborg.
The cyborg moths have electrodes implanted into them that can monitor electrical signals sent by their brains to their flight muscles. The electrodes are implanted into the moths when they are very young so that they grow right into its body.
So far, the researchers have figured which signals are responsible for which flight movements, and are now trying to figure out how to transmit flight signals to the moth so they can be 'steered' by human operators.
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