Wireless communication by an autonomous self-powered cyborg insect

Jamie Schwefel, Roy E. Ritzmann, Irene N. Lee, Alan Pollack, William Weeman, Steve Garverick, Mark Willis, Michelle Rasmussen, Daniel Alberto Scherson

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A trehalose/oxygen biofuel cell was implanted in Blaberus discoidalis to convert chemical energy stored within the insect hemolymph into electrical energy which was then used to power a custom-designed oscillator mounted on the back of the insect, capable of producing signals in the audible range. The ability of this cyborg to generate and transmit signals wirelessly was demonstrated by placing an external receiver up to a few centimeters away from the insect while it was tethered to a device that enabled it to walk in place on top of a light weight, air-suspended solid sphere. Wireless communication could also be established between the transmitter powered by the same type of biofuel cell implanted in the moth Manduca sexta and the receiver, while the live insect was being restrained with wax in a Petri dish. Possible means of reducing the weight and size of the transmitter so as to allow the moth to carry it in flight are discussed.

ジャーナルJournal of the Electrochemical Society
出版ステータスPublished - 2014 1月 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 電子材料、光学材料、および磁性材料
  • 再生可能エネルギー、持続可能性、環境
  • 表面、皮膜および薄膜
  • 電気化学
  • 材料化学


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