The Army’s Remote-Controlled Beetle
The insect’s flight path can be wirelessly controlled via a neural implant.
A giant flower beetle with implanted electrodes and a radio receiver on its back can be wirelessly controlled, according to research presented this week. Scientists at the University of California developed a tiny rig that receives control signals from a nearby computer. Electrical signals delivered via the electrodes command the insect to take off, turn left or right, or hover in midflight. The research, funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), could one day be used for surveillance purposes or for search-and-rescue missions.
Ah, DARPA: Eager to have you show them; to show them ALL!!!!! since 1972. Not that I mind… just so long as they avoid putting the X-Ray lasers or psionic hallucination projectors that DARPA-of-course-doesn’t-have on these suckers. Mad science is all very well, but WiFi isn’t what you’d call secure, you know what I mean?