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Mashed-up beetles? Not what you think.

This may be the ultimate wireless mash-up.  The photographs below show a wireless interface developed at UC Berkeley, which is implanted in flying beetles. It’s part of an experiment designed to create “cyborg beetles” which can be controlled in flight. The plaque reads, in part:

“The miniaturized thorax-mounted system consists of a neural stimulator, muscular stimulators and a micro-controller. Flight initiation, cessation and elevation control were accomplished through neural stimulus of the brain which elicited, suppressed or modulated wing oscillation.  Turns were triggered through through the direct muscular stimulus of either of the basalar muscles.”

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