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January 30, 2017 AT 4:00 pm

Dragonfly Surveillance Cyborg Could Aid Pollination

Via The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc:

DragonflEye, an internal research and development project at Draper, is already showing promise as a way to guide the flightpath of dragonflies. Potential applications of the technologies underpinning DragonflEye include guided pollination, payload delivery, reconnaissance and even precision medicine and diagnostics.

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Draper is developing tiny optical structures, called optrodes, that can activate the special “steering” neurons with pulses of light piped into the nerve cord from the dragonfly’s backpack.

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