Cyborg Beetles Essay

868 Words May 5th, 2012 4 Pages
Idris Pearson
September 27, 2011
Strategies For The Technical Professional
Jerry Oxsher

Technology is becoming more advance each day. In the article, Cyborg Beetle, written by Michel M. Maharbiz and Hirotaka Sato, the military is developing small robots that can be used as spy equipment that can fly inside caves and barricaded rooms to send back information about people and weapons inside. The Cyborg Beetles will also be functional in major disasters that happen throughout the world. For example, if people were enclosed in a cave, the Beetles could bring back information like how many victims are trapped inside or the medical state of the people trapped inside. The article provided quality information on the capabilities
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M., Sato, H. 2010 Scientific American.) This will guarantee that the insect will be able to hold the equipment. Cyborg beetles will be a good use for our military and even better for areas that have earthquakes or other major disaster to find hurt or missing people. The authors acknowledge that smaller and lower-power microcontrollers and radios will continue to improve the market, which will allow them to develop better control of the cyborg beetles (Maharbiz, M. M., Sato, H. 2010 Scientific American). There were two experimental beetles that were used to become the cyborg beetles the Zophbas morio beetle and the Cotinis or better known as the darkling and Texas June beetle (Maharbiz, M. M., Sato, H. 2010). The zophbas or the darkling beetle are 1.5 centimeters long and weighed one gram. The darkling beetle was experimented with for six months but failed because it would not fly even if it was thrown into the air (Maharbiz, M. M., Sato, H. 2010 Scientific American). The Cotinis beetle or the June bug was successful from the beginning because it would fly. The Texas June beetle or June bug was found in farm lands in the southeastern part of the U.S. it was two centimeters long and weighed one to 1.5 grams (Maharbiz, M. M., Sato, H. 2010).
The experiment took two months. They used a microcontroller with a built in radio to receive commands, a battery to

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