Insects equipped with cameras set to help search and rescue teams.
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Insects will now have a new mission according to scientists the flying insects in near future could be used in search and rescue operations to help locate survivors of earthquakes and other disasters who are trapped beneath the debris.

The research team consisting of electrical and computer engineers from the Michigun University have come up with this new innovation. Professor Khalil Najafi who is working on this new technology, said the insect’s own kinetic energy would be utilized to generate power and act as a battery for the equipment mounted on the back of the insect. Explaining further Professor Khalil said that "Through energy scavenging, we could potentially power cameras, microphones and other sensors and communication equipment that an insect could carry aboard a tiny backpack. We could send these ‘bugged' bugs into dangerous or enclosed environments where we would not want humans to go" as per an article by The Telegraph.

This project is entitled the Hybrid Insect Micro Electromechanical Systems program and is funded by The US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The first prototype will be tested by the team on a flying beetle sometime next year. In the meanwhile a prototype equipment has already been developed by the researchers using the wing motion of a Green June Beetle.

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