More amazing animal robots
Researchers from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have managed to control giant flower beetles using tiny backpacks with electrodes connected to the beetles’ muscles. They hope that the bionic flying bugs can be used in search-andrescue missions in the future.
Mantis shrimp camera
A new camera inspired by the colourful mantis shrimp has been created by engineers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in the US. The mantis shrimp has incredibly good vision, and can detect when light vibrates in certain directions – something that humans are completely unaware of. The engineers believe this new camera can help with underwater navigation.
A RoboBee, created by scientists at Harvard University in the US, can fly, dive, swim and even burst out of the water. The scientists believe it can be used for surveillance or search-and-rescue operations.