Moth Drives Mobile Robot Through Odor Tracking

Moth Drives Mobile Robot Through Odor Tracking
technology

Researchers tested the insect-controlled robot to demonstrate the potential of an autonomous robot that could track smells.

Emma Hutchings
  • 7 february 2013

To research and evaluate the capabilities of a robot that could effectively track certain smells, researchers at the University of Tokyo created a two-wheeled robot controlled by a male silkmoth. The robot was driven by the moth as it tracked down the sex pheromone usually given off by a female.

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