Domo Arigato Mr. Robeetle

Wolfenkogneto By Wolfenkogneto, 11th Jul 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A story about scientists controlling the flight of insects by remote control.

Domo Arigato Mr. Robeetle



Movie Goers have seen them in the movies: futuristic, half-man, half-robot, heroes saving the day. Cyborg technology, the cross between human and machine, would never happen in one’s lifetime is the general consensus, but some of this technology is already in use. Rob Spence, the man with a camera hidden in his false eye, or Jerry Jalava's, removable flash drive finger, are both examples of how the military has used current technology and meshed it with the human body. Today, what’s even more unbelievable is that some government funding is going towards cyborg technology on insects. That's right, meshed living and machine bugs called Cybeetles!

Researchers, at the University of California in Berkeley, have been working with beetles and have managed to successfully control their flight. By installing neurotransmitters into the pupa of the giant flower beetle, then later attaching a microprocessor, radio receiver, and small battery, the beetle can be controlled wirelessly by remote. Rather than using adhesives, integrating these systems during the early stages of metamorphoses is done to allow healing and growth over planted transmitters. Flight commands, including the control of elevation, starting and stopping of flight, and right and left turns, are all run through special software and sent to the microprocessor where small electrical pulses are then sent to the wings of the beetle.

All this research is supported by the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, also known as DARPA, and is part of a broader effort, called the HI-MEMS program. The HI-MEMS program’s sole objective is to develop technology that provides complete control over selected insect locomotion. The goal of HI-MEMS is the ability to deliver an insect within ten feet of a selected target from the safety of more than 300 feet away and to keep the insect stationary until further instructions are given, by use of remote or global positioning system.

There have been ‘no comments’ on what these "cybeetles" may be used for, but it has been speculated that microphones and eventually even small cameras could be attached. One would think this would be the perfect means to inconspicuously deliver a toxic chemical or some type of biological threat if the situation called for such; however, most research and development of new technology in this capacity is generally suppressed from the public because leaked information could lead the enemy to obtain this potential new weapon erroneously and with malice. So, one can only imagine what may be going on behind closed doors that use retina scanning locks where fact is sometimes as strange as fiction.

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