Sunday, February 22, 2009 at 8:40PM
I've looked at robotic insects before, but getting "bugged" is really starting to take on new meaning with this one.
Via Technology Review:
Most previous research in controlling insect flight has focused on moths. But beetles have certain advantages. The giant flower beetle's size--it ranges in weight from four to ten grams and is four to eight centimeters long--means that it can carry relatively heavy payloads. To be used for search-and-rescue missions, for example, the insect would need to carry a small camera and heat sensor.