This Tiny Beetle Could Soon Become The Key To Saving Thousands Of Lives

This Tiny Beetle Could Soon Become The Key To Saving Thousands Of Lives

Researchers at Nanyang University in Singapore have managed to 'robotise' a beetle with a chip attached to its antennae for a very good cause.

Researchers have managed to 'remote control' a beetle in Singapore. How? By sticking an electronic chip on the shell and connecting its antennas to direct it. Measuring 2.5 centimetres, the beetle has become the smallest robot-insect in the world according to the specialised magazine Soft Robotics.

'This is the most recent version of the Zombiptera, a new order of insects that we have created, which are enslaved by experimentalists by means of an electronic device grafted to them', explained Alain Fraval, an entomologist in Opie- insects.

Check out the video above to find out more about how these bugs could be used to save thousands of lives in the future... 

• Will Armstrong
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