In Tokyo researchers have made a robot that is powered by a male silk moth on a trackball and can be steered to a specific destination with the help of female silk moth pheromones. Read their recently published research paper here.
Watch the video above to see a moth steer the robot in normal conditions as well as when the robot has a turning bias, which is where one side of the robot’s motors are more powerful than the other causing it to naturally veer to one side. In either situation the moth is able to correctly arrive at its intended destination.
It’s amazing to see advancements in the robotics industry. What will they come up with next and should we be concerned that insects will rise with the robots and take over?