Although a cyborg drone still seems like a flight of fantasy, the research company Draper and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) at Janelia Farm have stepped into the future of autonomous flight with an exciting new technology. Saddled with a tiny backpack, dragonflies are the carriers of the technology in HHMI and Draper’s DragonflEye project. Preparing to produce dragonfly cyborg drones that are fitted with miniature control devices for human navigation, Draper’s “backpacks” contain an array of sensors and solar panels. These controls make the flight of the dragonfly an extension of the human who steers the insect.
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