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Remote control of a cyborg moth using carbon nanotube-enhanced flexible neuroprosthetic probe

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9 Author(s)
Tsang, W.M. ; Massachusetts Inst. of Technol., Cambridge, MA, USA ; Stone, A. ; Aldworth, Z. ; Otten, D.
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We report the first remote flight control of an insect using microfabricated flexible neuroprosthetic probes (FNPs) that directly interface with the animal's central nervous system. The FNPs have a novel split-ring design that incorporates the anatomical bi-cylinder structure of the nerve cord and allows for an efficient surgical process for implantation (Figure 1a). Additionally, we have integrated carbon nanotube (CNT)-Au nanocomposites into the FNPs to enhance the charge injection capability of the probe. The FNPs integrated with a wireless system are able to evoke multi-directional, graded abdominal motions in the moths thus altering their flight path.

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Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS), 2010 IEEE 23rd International Conference on

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24-28 Jan. 2010