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Flying Beetle Cyborgs Guided With Tiny Battery-Powered Backpacks

By New Scientist

May 9, 2018

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Nanyang Technological Institute researchers in Singapore have developed cyborg beetles equipped with electronics-filled backpacks that enable the researchers to control the beetles in flight with small electric pulses.

The beetles' acceleration can be increased by upping the frequency of the pulses, and a three-dimensional motion capture system tracks their positions during flight.

The team says insects are better at dealing with turbulence than drones, are easier to guide, and are less costly.

The researchers are currently studying how to control the beetles' altitude, as well as how to make them hover in mid-air.

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