Development of insect cyborgs with artificial wings

Takumi Kosaka, Takahiro Shimizu, Hirotaka Sato, Shinjiro Umezu

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Abstract

Research on the flight ability of insects has been drawing a lot of attention over the years. In this study, we investigated the effects of wing structure of insects on their flight performances by excising beetle wing membranes and replacing them with artificial ones. We measured the difference in the flight performance between intact and artificial wings which parylene thin film is replaced to natural membrane of wing with a six-axis force system and motion capture using the VICON software. The measured parameters include thrust, lift, acceleration, and deceleration. Membrane-excised beetles that were classified to be unable to fly or not flyable succeeded in flying after artificial membranes were added in place of the excised wings. The success of this repair has the potential to lead to the development of novel ways of enhancing flight performance through the evolution of artificial wing.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 IEEE International Conference on Cyborg and Bionic Systems, CBS 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages216-221
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781728150734
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Sep
Event2019 IEEE International Conference on Cyborg and Bionic Systems, CBS 2019 - Munich, Germany
Duration: 2019 Sep 182019 Sep 20

Publication series

Name2019 IEEE International Conference on Cyborg and Bionic Systems, CBS 2019

Conference

Conference2019 IEEE International Conference on Cyborg and Bionic Systems, CBS 2019
CountryGermany
CityMunich
Period19/9/1819/9/20

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Sensory Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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