DragonflEye: the cybernetic dragonfly drone

prototype-dragonfly-1000Robotic drone? Check. Solar powered? Check. Genetically engineered? Check. DragonflEye has all the fly gear.

The DragonflEye collaboration between Boston-based Draper and Virginia-based Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Janelia aims to perfect a neuromodulator technique that allows control over the motor functions of an insect.

Once the technique is fully functional, Draper hopes it could deliver applications in surveillance and relaying video from remote areas.

HHMI wants to develop an optogenetic interface that connects to neurons in the dragonfly’s nerve cord.

Read more: Vimeo / IEEE Spectrum / Draper / TechCrunch

Image: Draper press release

This story is taken from the 14 July 2017 edition of The Warren Centre’s Prototype newsletter. Sign up for the Prototype here.