25 Nov 2011

Cyborg insects could be sent into disaster zones

10:44 am on 25 November 2011

A team of engineers in the United States is trying to create an army of cyborg insects.

The University of Michigan team is investigating ways to harvest energy from the creatures to power equipment fixed to their bodies.

The equipment includes sensors, cameras and other recording devices and is controlled by devices implanted in the insects' brains.

The engineers have created an energy scavenging device that is attached close to the wings of an insect, in this case Green June beetles.

They say the insects could be sent into dangerous or enclosed environments which humans can't reach safely.

The insects could be used to investigate and monitor disaster zones.

The study has been published in the Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering.