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Robot Driven by Moth's Brain Makes It's Debut

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posted on Nov, 20 2007 @ 07:30 AM
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Researchers Create Robot Driven by Moth's Brain

In a notion taken from science fiction afficionados, University of Arizona researchers presented a robot that moves by using the brain impulses of a moth at the 37th annual Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego.

Charles M. Higgins, UA associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, and doctoral student Timothy Melano presented their findings and outlined the mechanics behind the robot’s movements.

The robot’s motion is guided by a tiny electrode implanted in the moth’s brain, Higgins said, specifically to a single neuron that is responsible for keeping the moth’s vision steady during flight. The neuron transmits electrical signals which are then amplified in the robot's base and through a mathematical formula, a computer translates the signals into action, making the robot move.

The moth is immobilize inside a plastic tube mounted atop the 6-inch-tall wheeled robot. To get the moth to imitate flight, Higgins and his team placed the moth in its apparatus on a circular platform surrounded by a 14-inch-high revolving wall painted with vertical stripes. The moth's neuron reacts to the movement of the stripes and the process begins.

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Wow! Just wow! That is amazing. This is like a prototype proof-of-concept for Robocop.

Cyborgs are just around the corner now!

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posted on Nov, 20 2007 @ 01:56 PM
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I'm not sure if I like stories about aliens or robots better? Or scramjets. Or alien robots flying scramjets!

Anyways, for all those who wondered what happens when the quantum revolution meets robotics... well this is just the beginning.

Still, doing the same experiment with a mouse would be much more difficult I guess. How many motor neurons does a mouse have? That's alot of electrodes to insert to amplify all the mouses' movements.



posted on Nov, 20 2007 @ 03:02 PM
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Resistance is futile!!


The worlds first Borg. Locutus must be proud.



posted on Nov, 20 2007 @ 03:21 PM
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Originally posted by Scramjet76
Still, doing the same experiment with a mouse would be much more difficult I guess. How many motor neurons does a mouse have? That's alot of electrodes to insert to amplify all the mouses' movements.


Speaking of rodents and scramjets, I'm sure you'd find this highly interesting:

'Brain' in a dish flies flight simulator

(CNN) -- A Florida scientist has developed a "brain" in a glass dish that is capable of flying a virtual fighter plane and could enhance medical understanding of neural disorders such as epilepsy.

The "living computer" was grown from 25,000 neurons extracted from a rat's brain and arranged over a grid of 60 electrodes in a Petri dish.

The brain cells then started to reconnect themselves, forming microscopic interconnections, said Thomas DeMarse, professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Florida.

"It's essentially a dish with 60 electrodes arranged in a dish at the bottom," explained DeMarse, who designed the study.

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Now, you were saying?


Edit: BBcode

[edit on 20-11-2007 by Beachcoma]



posted on Nov, 22 2007 @ 08:39 AM
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You know what's ironic? One of the advertising links, in the story about the moth, is for moth removal by Orkin!



posted on Nov, 26 2007 @ 03:53 PM
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Oh you laughing sea lion now look what you found. Moths check. Rodents check. Maybe not fully mastered but getting there.. Bring on the monkeys!



posted on Nov, 26 2007 @ 03:55 PM
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Did you say monkey?
Brain control-Monkey

Check!




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