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Tiny Insect Cyborgs Could Act As First Responders

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the electric-ant dept.

Robotics 25

Zothecula writes "Insects have served as the inspiration for a number of Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs) that could be deployed to monitor hazardous situations without putting humans in harm's way. Now researchers at the University of Michigan College of Engineering are proposing using actual live insects enhanced with electronic sensors to achieve the same result. The insect cyborgs would use biological energy harvested from their body heat or movements to potentially power small sensors implanted on their bodies in order to gather vital information from hazardous environments."

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25 comments

BUT, BUT IMAGINE ALL THE BUGS !! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38164818)

Got bugs ??

Re:BUT, BUT IMAGINE ALL THE BUGS !! (1)

Reasonable Facsimile (2478544) | more than 2 years ago | (#38168038)

Gives new meaning to the phrase, "I've got crabs."

I for one, (3, Funny)

iCEBaLM (34905) | more than 2 years ago | (#38164834)

Welcome our new Insect Cyborg overlords

Re:I for one, (1)

queBurro (1499731) | more than 2 years ago | (#38165076)

i41...

Re:I for one, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38168446)

Welcome our new Insect Cyborg overlords

Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't this scheme entail Insect Civilizations stupid enough to enter Hazardous Environments ? Won't this be just the sort of ruse the Flying Spaghetti Monster Hazardous Multi-verse Directorate is on the lookout for ?

Fifth Element anyone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38164848)

-nt

How long until it is weaponized? (3)

marcosdumay (620877) | more than 2 years ago | (#38164854)

Seems an obvious candidade for weaponization. How log will it take?

Re:How long until it is weaponized? (-1)

wdef (1050680) | more than 2 years ago | (#38164862)

How log will it take?

How log is a piece of strig?

Re:How long until it is weaponized? (1)

MadKeithV (102058) | more than 2 years ago | (#38164874)

How log will it take?

How log is a piece of strig?

Thab debebs ob webber you hab a bab colb or nob.

Re:How long until it is weaponized? (1)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 2 years ago | (#38164912)

How log will it take?

How log is a piece of strig?

Thanks for the Koan, there's always time for Zen.

Re:How long until it is weaponized? (0)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 2 years ago | (#38165660)

Thanks for the Koan, there's always time for Zen.

What is the sound of one cheek farting?

If you see the Buddha on the road, say hi for me.

Re:How long until it is weaponized? (1)

dissy (172727) | more than 2 years ago | (#38167250)

How log will it take?

How log is a piece of strig?

According to the 2009 BBC/Horizons documentary by the same name: How long is a piece of string [topdocumentaryfilms.com]
the answer is either 32cm, or infinite ;}

Can you see the hostages....? (3, Funny)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 2 years ago | (#38164868)

Can you see the hostages....?

No I'm afraid our high tech surveillance system has been thwarted by a fly-spray.

Stinkbugs (1)

stevegee58 (1179505) | more than 2 years ago | (#38164880)

I'm all for it as long as they predate on stinkbugs.

Obvious applications (3, Funny)

wdef (1050680) | more than 2 years ago | (#38164946)

The "up skirt" and "bathroom cam" pron subgenres will put this to good use.

Bug (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38165040)

Our surveillance system was bugged anyway. If you can't beat them...

Evil overlord's new hobby (1)

Chemisor (97276) | more than 2 years ago | (#38165062)

Now evil overlords will have to switch from keeping fluffy cats to keeping scary spiders. "Come into my lair, little one! Feeling a little sticky? Hearing a soft patter of giant fuzzy legs? Bwah ha ha ha ha ha!"

Re:Evil overlord's new hobby (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38186302)

Fluffy cats like insects too. At least the ones that move around.

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In Soviet Michigan... (1)

seven of five (578993) | more than 2 years ago | (#38165658)

Bugs have programs.

First responders? Or... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38166334)

First attackers!

Dooms day (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38168360)

Grey goo is on its way...

Flygun (1)

pgpalmer (2015142) | more than 2 years ago | (#38180474)

The latest in anti-cyborg technology! http://www.amazingflygun.com/main.asp [amazingflygun.com] I've got one, and it does work quite well.

Terra Nova already did it. (1)

Tastecicles (1153671) | more than 2 years ago | (#38199454)

Latest episode: giant dragonfly equipped with SD media card. OK, it ain't quite "Fortress 2" bug, but there's yet another example of prior art. This ain't nothing new.

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