Saturday, April 15, 2006

Cybugs: DARPA and Metamorphborg-bugs? - Cybugs: Military Mulls Army of Cyborg Insects: DARPA has issued a solicitation notice for Hybrid Insect Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (HI-MEMS):

"In their solicitation notice BAA06-22, DARPA explicitly rejects research which merely results in 'evolutionary improvement upon existing state-of-the-art.' They are looking for more innovative proposals, suggesting that it should be possible to integrate microsystems within insects during the early stages of metamorphoses. Specifically, DARPA believes that 'healing processes from one metamorphic stage to the next stage are expected to yield more reliable' implantation results. Hopefully, this will result in more sophisticated (and more reliable) bio-electromechanical interfaces, as opposed to those cheap 'adhesively-bonded systems' sometimes used on adult insects."

Here's a comment on Engadget.


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