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Front. Neurosci., 08 December 2010 | http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnins.2010.00199

Recent developments in the remote radio control of insect flight

  • Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA

The continuing miniaturization of digital circuits and the development of low power radio systems coupled with continuing studies into the neurophysiology and dynamics of insect flight are enabling a new class of implantable interfaces capable of controlling insects in free flight for extended periods. We provide context for these developments, review the state-of-the-art and discuss future directions in this field.

Keywords: insect flight, micro air vehicle (MAV), telemetry, cyborg insect, brain machine interface (BMI)

Citation: Sato H and Maharbiz MM (2010) Recent developments in the remote radio control of insect flight. Front. Neurosci. 4:199. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2010.00199

Received: 02 October 2010; Paper pending published: 10 November 2010;
Accepted: 17 November 2010; Published online: 08 December 2010

Edited by:

Rui M. Costa, Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal

Reviewed by:

Ty Hedrick, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
M. Eugenia Chiappe, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, USA

Copyright: © 2010 Sato and Maharbiz. This is an open-access article subject to an exclusive license agreement between the authors and the Frontiers Research Foundation, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original authors and source are credited.

*Correspondence: Hirotaka Sato, Berkeley, California, USA. hirosato@berkeley.edu; Michel M. Maharbiz, Berkeley, California, USA. maharbiz@eecs.berkeley.edu