Scientists Turned This Dragonfly Into A Remote-Controlled Cyborg Drone

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Scientists Turned This Dragonfly Into A Remote-Controlled Cyborg Drone

 

Remember that the old engineering project that turned cockroaches into cyborgs, which you can control with electrical impulses? Yes, it was awesome. And it's kind of rude. In a new project called Dragonfleye, researchers do the same with dragonflies, turning a fast-flying insect into cyborg-drone, which you can pilot remotely.
Like the cockroach project, dragonflies are equipped with a tiny backpack of electronic components that allows researchers to communicate with insects. In this case, however, their neurons have been genetically modified in dragonflies, so that they are more sensitive to light, allowing insects to be controlled using measured light pulses.
Dragonfleye is a collaboration between Charles Stark Draper's laboratory and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, while the former is responsible for developing the backpack, while the latter performs genetic modifications and subsequent experiments. Unlike the backpack of cockroaches, before which they were non-invasive, they actually wrap optical fibers around the neural cord of dragonfly, which allows them to selectively orient these neurons associated with the flight.
According to researchers, the use of dragonflies in place of traditional unmanned aerial vehicles can be beneficial, because they are smaller, lighter and easier than anything that was created by man. We are not quite sure about the planned applications for these things, but we venture to assume that it looks like James Bond, J. Joe and S.H.E.L.D. When they are on the clock.