You have heard about Robots and Humanoids and now make way for the Biobots. Biobots are creatures which can be controlled or should I say their muscles can be controlled to fly as per our wish.
Take the example of a moth, a creature which can be found anywhere and everywhere. If it could be equipped with a camera and used to monitor a disaster area, it could bring back critical data which can save lives. Scientists have managed to do just that. They have been able to perfect a method where the flight muscles of the moth are electronically manipulated and studied. The method allows the scientists to monitor the electrical signals which are used by the moth to control their muscles.
Alper Bozkurt, co-author of the new paper detailing the work, in a news release said “In the big picture, we want to know whether we can control the movement of moths for use in applications such as search and rescue operations. The idea would be to attach sensors to moths in order to create a flexible, aerial sensor network that can identify survivors or public health hazards in the wake of a disaster.”
The researchers originally attached electrodes on the moth in its pupal stage when the Caterpillar is in its cocoon slowly metamorphosing into an air borne insect. The researchers attached electrodes which enabled the scientists to take the electromyographic signals, which are the electric signals that a moth uses during flight to tell muscles what to do.
The researchers watched how the moths used their wings to steer in flight and subsequently matched movements with their corresponding electromyographic signals giving them a better understanding of how the moths maneuvered themselves in flight. The researchers now have a platform for collating data about flight coordination.
The next logical thing to do is to create an automated system to investigate and fine-tune parameters for controlling moth flight, further miniaturizing the technology, and testing the technology in free-flying moths. The findings could be a huge step forward in creating biobots. In future these biobots could be sent to such locations which are not safe for humans and collect valuable data.