Flyborgs Direct RC Cars
Roboticists from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich have developed a system that allows a fruit fly to almost drive a remote controlled car. We didn't believe it a first either but it seems that the little bugger is tethered to a rod with an LED display around it. Images from a camera mounted on the car are transmitted to the screen. Although it cannot actually move, the flyborg thinks that it can while in the simulator.
Via New Scientist
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Posted by Sheila Franklin at October 15, 2008 9:20 AM
If I were designing that experiment, I would have had the fly control an RC helicopter instead. If it worked, the fly could actually be put in the cockpit and cruise around by himself.