Cyborg based insects being researched by US engineers


It goes without saying that many of today’s modern inventions got their inspiration from nature – after all, it makes perfect sense, as nature is already perfected as it is. Our planes and submarines are modeled after birds and fishes, so in the next step of warfare, US engineers are working on cyborg based insects, but there is one niggling issue that has certainly kept those engineers awake – how do you power something so small? It seems that the solution could very well end up in placing a couple of spiral energy harvesters on either side of a beetle’s thorax.

Yes sir, Pentagon’s plans of a cyber-insect army will see that method be implemented so that energy can be harvested from the creatures in order to juice up sensors as well as other equipment that are fastened to their bodies. The team has already managed to put together an energy scavenging device which is attached close to the insects’ wings.

This improvement does point towards the direction of such cyborg insects be used in search-and-rescue operations and surveillance, and the enemy will not be any wiser. I guess if such an insect falls into the wrong hands, we will soon be able to catch many other people in acts of transgression without them knowing it, and the whole area of espionage has just gotten a whole lot more interesting.

I guess using one’s wings muscle is a no-brainer when it comes to the most promising power source, after exhausting all of the other possibilities. After all, the wing’s membranes are too weak to support such a device, but the muscles are. No idea if flight efficiency of the insect will be affected or not with the added weight. Both of the devices will tip the scales at less than 0.2 grams, and are capable of generating up to 45 microwatts of juice whenever it takes to the skies.


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