Insects become fly-on-the-wall spies with tiny cameras, radio controls and microphones
Fly on the wall! The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working to develop cyborg insects that carry spy equipment. To make the insects as inconspicuous as possible, miniaturized brain probes are inserted during the pupa stage. The idea is the ultra-light implants will naturally integrate into the body of the developing insect.
The Googlebot: Atlas robot overhauled to win $2m 'Robot Olympics'
The Googlebot cuts the cord: Giant humanoid robot overhauled and made wireless in bid to win $2m prize in US Government's 'Robot Olympics' | The Atlas robot created by Google-owned firm Boston Dynamics is a formidable figure at 6ft 2in tall and weighing in at 330lb. The robot boasts 28 hydraulically actuated joints and stereo vision, and is one of the most advanced robots ever created. Atlas will also now carry an onboard 3.7-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack.