Scientists are turning dragonflies into tiny cyborg drones

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One company has decided the ideal tiny drone should take its cues from the natural world of insects — specifically the dragonfly.

When Draper, an independent biomedical solutions lab, set out to make its own mini-fliers, it cut out the middleman. It got some of the insects and outfitted them with cutting-edge navigation, synthetic biology and neurotechnology systems to create a swarm of cyborg dragonfly drones.

The tiny hybrids are part of an internal R&D project at Draper called, appropriately, DragonflEye.

“DragonflEye is a totally new kind of micro-aerial vehicle that’s smaller, lighter and stealthier than anything else that’s manmade,” said the program’s principal investigator Jesse J. Wheeler in …

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Via: Mashable: Gadgets

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