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Researchers Implant Neural-Monitoring RFID Into a Moth

timothy posted more than 4 years ago | from the wasn't-flapping-at-the-time dept.

Biotech 39

TechRev_AL writes "A team from the University of Washington has attached an RFID chip capable of sensing neural activity to a live moth, to pick up the spikes that occur as it beats its wings. Most neural implants are still relatively bulky, but the Washington researchers wanted to show the components in an RFID could be adapted for the same purpose. The NeuralWISP chip is a collection of low-power components such as a specialized signal amplifier, on a circuit board just over two centimeters long. The circuitry converts usable power from the reader — roughly 430 microwatts — to a voltage that can turn on a microcontroller. The sensor is also configured to 'wake up' only when a neuron fires. The ultimate goal is to create more compact, wirelessly-powered brain and nervous system implants for people."

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Consequences could be serious (-1, Flamebait)

For a Free Internet (1594621) | more than 4 years ago | (#30004394)

Every action has a reaction. Here, I wonder if the researchers have take precautions to make sure that the Italians do not get a hold of this technology and use it to abduct our women and turn them into Mexican zombie terrorists who will attack our Freedom and our Faith in GOD.

For a Free Internet is gay as AIDS (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30004428)

He likes to gag on niggerdick.

Talk about feeding the conspiracy theorists (3, Funny)

mikael_j (106439) | more than 4 years ago | (#30004434)

You know all those "the government place a transmitter in my brain" people are going to have a field day with this one. Now they get to panic about government mind-control and RFID (or in their lingo "the mark of the beast") at the same time.

/Mikael

Re:Talk about feeding the conspiracy theorists (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30004468)

Government put a RFID tag in my pingas.

Re:Talk about feeding the conspiracy theorists (1)

Yetihehe (971185) | more than 4 years ago | (#30004520)

They could use popular "cure" for rfid tags which works for passports with rfid - put their head inside microwave.

Re:Talk about feeding the conspiracy theorists (1)

cmiller173 (641510) | more than 4 years ago | (#30005722)

I thought you could just hit the rfid tag with a hammer really hard...

Re:Talk about feeding the conspiracy theorists (0)

maxume (22995) | more than 4 years ago | (#30005106)

Are you saying that the government is putting RFID tags in our food?

Re:Talk about feeding the conspiracy theorists (1)

LifesABeach (234436) | more than 4 years ago | (#30005108)

I was thinking that this would make a good DARPA project. The Intelligence community has been looking for a method to send a listening device to a place without human intervention for some time. I was thinking that a female Praying Mantis would make a better courier. The problem with using apex predators is that they often do other things that might draw attention.

Re:Talk about feeding the conspiracy theorists (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30008254)

I guess the neurons that were firing had a constant theme... "WTF is on me!"

i just got off the toilet (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30004450)

i shit out an obama.

PLOP!

the audacity of poop.

Debugging (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30004464)

Wonder if they've gotten all the bugs out yet?

We will add your biological and technological.... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30004470)

... distinctiveness to our own.

Resistance is Futile.

Re:We will add your biological and technological.. (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 4 years ago | (#30005054)

Ooh, that sun is BRIGHT! Two of Googolplex-and-three, set course for the centre of that star!

Well, as a moth... (4, Funny)

AA Wulf (1657459) | more than 4 years ago | (#30004474)

I for one welcome our new RFID-implanting human overlords...

V-Chip (2, Funny)

IndustrialComplex (975015) | more than 4 years ago | (#30004566)

Cartman is going to be Pis*Z*Z*Z**ZZZZZZZZap. OUCH DAMN*Z*Z*Z*ZZZZAP. FuZ**Z*Z*Z*Z*Z*Z. OW!

Re:V-Chip (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30005462)

meh. I guess that the killerapp would be something like: 'I can fap without hands'

Will o' the NeuralWISP, MEMS, & Spice (2, Interesting)

Globally Mobile (1635415) | more than 4 years ago | (#30004598)

Just imagined a great cloud of moths controlled by these implants, with an MEMS chip for distributed wireless, feeding our ever growing hunger for broadband communications.


'The Spice Must Flow' [youtube.com]

Re:Will o' the NeuralWISP, MEMS, & Spice (1)

Globally Mobile (1635415) | more than 4 years ago | (#30004604)

Whoops, thought these were more then just monitors, and actual controllers... My bad!

Re:Will o' the NeuralWISP, MEMS, & Spice (1)

dissy (172727) | more than 4 years ago | (#30004874)

Whoops, thought these were more then just monitors, and actual controllers... My bad!

It's only a matter of time really.

I just hope they don't remotely control spiders in the future... I hate those things :P

Re:Will o' the NeuralWISP, MEMS, & Spice (1)

Globally Mobile (1635415) | more than 4 years ago | (#30007892)

goodness, seriously man.... Had one crawling on my desk/aka my bed/ala Proust... It was the smallest, most nimble little thing, reminds me of the jitterbug bots they made/make @MIT



---- Gibble, Gobble, we ACCEPT YOU ... ----

Re:Will o' the NeuralWISP, MEMS, & Spice (1)

ArbitraryDescriptor (1257752) | more than 4 years ago | (#30008022)

I just hope they don't remotely control spiders in the future... I hate those things :P

Seriously? Because a remote controlled jumping-spider (with cameras) would be the coolest RC toy ever. Have you ever seen how fast those things are? They don't even move, they just shift through time over small distances.

Two centimeters is not small (1)

noidentity (188756) | more than 4 years ago | (#30005364)

The NeuralWISP chip is a collection of low-power components such as a specialized signal amplifier, on a circuit board just over two centimeters long.

So it's about the size of a US dime. Seems pretty damn bulky to me. RFID devices can be much smaller [wikipedia.org], for things like gluing to ants. The record is listed at 0.05mm x 0.05mm.

Re:Two centimeters is not small (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 4 years ago | (#30005520)

Yep, this is precisely what I was thinking. Actually, they lost me at "circuit board". Who hasn't seen simple electronics built without one that are way smaller as a result? It's a fucking moth, there's no enclosure into which you would install a PCB.

I did this for my senior EE project! (1)

carn1fex (613593) | more than 4 years ago | (#30005816)

Waaay back in 2002 we built a similar device for lab rats for my senior EE project. A little helmet stuck electrodes into the rats brain and fed the signals to a little 2cm x 1cm backpack that had a little amp, mux, a2d and fm transmitter. Used to study what areas of the rats brain were responsible for drug addiction. They actually juiced the rats on cocaine. Hence ours was WAY COOLER and we were drunk half the time. :P

Re:I did this for my senior EE project! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30007728)

Used to study what areas of the rats brain were responsible for drug addiction. They actually juiced the rats on cocaine. Hence ours was WAY COOLER and we were high on cocaine half the time. :P

Fixed that for you...

Oh Look A Lamp (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30006158)

BAM...Oh Look A Lamp....BAM...Oh Look A Lamp....BAM...Oh Look A Lamp....BAM..........

This key to this WHOLE thing is this one statement (1)

gabrieltss (64078) | more than 4 years ago | (#30007928)

"The ultimate goal is to create more compact, wirelessly-powered brain and nervous system implants for people."

Got it - they want to put these in YOU! So they can track everything you think, do and say. Oh wait wasn't that said in an old song "In The Year 2525"......

Welcome SLAVE!

This will help retailers (1)

formfeed (703859) | more than 4 years ago | (#30008696)

Moths with RFID chips implanted will not only make it easier for large retailers to keep track of their inventory, it will also help them to cut down on the rising number of moth pick pocketing (moth pocketing).

Heck, they might even be able to track consumer behavior: What else are moth-buying consumers interested in?

Usually moths are located in the rice and grain isle, but this new research might enable retailers to move them over to another part of the store, to sell other products as well. For example, moth-consumers might have to walk by the fruit flies to get to the moths.

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