In addition to making plants into capacitors, the scientists also made fuel cells that work inside plants to turn their sugars into energy.
It is known that a lot of aerial drones are trying to mimic small insects with their processes. However, nothing beats the maneuverability and efficiency of the dragonfly. Now researchers are trying to create a hybrid drone.
Imagine, heaven forbid, that you are stranded in a disaster zone without any way out and without any way of signaling for help. All might seem lost, until you hear a buzzing above your head. No, it's not a rescue plane, nor is it a drone. Instead, it's a beetle, but one sporting a very sophisticated looking backpack. This is a cyborg beetle, and it could very well be the future face of search-and-rescue.
The face of search and rescue, traditionally characterized by brave men and women and your occasional St. Bernard, just got a bit uglier. That's because researchers have created cyborg cockroaches that are capable of homing in on the sound of distressed disaster victims in tight spaces.
Researchers are literally lacing electronics through living moths, making "biobots" that could one day redefine the face of search-and-rescue operations. This early work in what seems like the beginnings of the cyborg technology from science fiction is detailed in a recent study.
A robotic drumming prosthesis created for drummer, Jason Barnes, essentially transforms him into a drumming cyborg. Built by Professor Gil Weinberg, of the Georgia Tech Lab, the robot has a motor which powers two drumsticks, and can be attached to humans. The first stick is controlled by the musicians' arms and electronically uses electromyography muscle sensors (EMG). The second stick basically "listens" to the tune being played and improvises.