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Insect Cyborgs: Towards Precision Movement

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A stick insect with electronics.

The experiments involved the researchers keeping the body of the stick insects fixed, and electrically stimulating one of three leg muscles to produce walking-like movements.

Credit: Tohoku University (Japan)

Researchers in Japan and Germany have explored how electrical stimulation in stick insects' leg muscles relate to the resulting torque for enabling precise motor control of hybrid insect-computer robots.

The researchers kept the insects' bodies fixed and stimulated one of three leg muscles to generate walking-like motions; the muscles enable propulsion, joint stiffness, and transitions between standing and swinging the leg.

Dai Owaki at Japan's Tohoku University said, "Based on our measurements, we could generate a model that predicted the created torque when different patterns of electrical stimulation were applied to a leg muscle."

From Tohoku University (Japan)
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