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Insectothopter was built from the ground up, but now scientist are experimenting with cyborg drones. By using a real insect and equipping it with a backpack-like device that could control its actions, a new generation of insect drones may be on the rise. One example of this is the DragonflEye. According to Popular Mechanics, DragonflEye is a genetically modified dragonfly with light sensitive “steering neurons” implanted in its spinal cord. Insects fitted with a custom backpack filled with sensors are capable of being controlled, but it’s still in development. Flashes of light are used to make the insects fly or move. As of right now, scientists have only figured out how to make them fly in a straight line. Here is video showcasing the cyborg insect drone in action:

Nature inspired insect drones are beneficial because of their size. Modern cyborg drones are controversial because scientists are creating drones out of real insects. There are endless applications for these types of UAVs, but they will most likely be used for military or research purposes rather than for consumer use. Regardless, insect-like drones were created as far back as the 1970s, and nature is still being used as an inspiration for tomorrow’s drones.

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