Image of the Day: Bird, Plane, or Cyborg?

Rather than attempting to recreate an insect's dynamic agility with robotics, scientists have created a hybrid that's part dragonfly, part robot. 

Jun 6, 2017
The Scientist Staff

DragonflEye 

DRAPER

 

The DragonflEye is a live dragonfly equipped with a tiny electronic pack, powered by a solar cell, that communicates with the insect’s nervous system in order to control its navigation.

“DragonflEye is a totally new kind of micro-aerial vehicle that’s smaller, lighter and stealthier than anything else that’s manmade,” says Draper principal investigator Jesse Wheeler in a news release.