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Bugs as 1st responders

from Laboratory Equipment

A device that harvests energy from a bug's movements could allow cyborg insects — rather than humans — to monitor hazardous situations. The principal idea is to harvest the insect's biological energy from either its body heat or movements. The device developed by engineers at the University of Michigan converts the kinetic energy from wing movements into electricity — prolonging battery life. The university is pursuing patent protection for the intellectual property, and is seeking commercialization partners to help bring the technology to market. more

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