Emily Singer, Technology Review, March/April 2009, p38
A giant flower beetle flies about, veering up and down, left and right. But the insect isn’t a pest, and it isn’t steering its own path. An implanted receiver, microcontroller, microbattery, and six carefully placed electrodes–a payload smaller than a dime and weighing less than a stick of gum–allow an engineer to control the bug wirelessly.
His team previously modified beetles during the pupal stage, so that their implants are invisible in adulthood–a valuable property if they are to be used in covert missions.
As a young boy I delighted in scaring my sister with a inanimate rubber mouse. In the future young boys will have remote control flying bugs with which to torment their little sisters. How fun!