Cao Feng’ s Cyborg Beetle Legged Robot on the cover of Journal of the Royal Society Interface

“An insect–computer hybrid robot was demonstrated to perform walking under user’s control. Individual leg muscles were electrically stimulated via implanted electrodes under preprogrammed sequences. By altering stimulation parameters, the user can control the step frequency and walking speed, and demonstrate diff erent walking gaits. In the future, cyborg insects would help and assist rescue and…

Hao Yu (FYP)’s flight initiation paper is on PLoS ONE

Electrical Stimulation of Coleopteran Muscle for Initiating Flight “Some researchers have long been interested in reconstructing natural insects into steerable robots or vehicles. However, until recently, these so-called cyborg insects, biobots, or living machines existed only in science fiction. Owing to recent advances in nano/micro manufacturing, data processing, and anatomical and physiological biology, we can…

Kee Chun’s Pd-P paper is available on RSC Chemical Communications

A highly active Pd–P nanoparticle electrocatalyst for enhanced formic acid oxidation synthesized via stepwise electroless deposition “A highly active Pd–P nanoparticle electrocatalyst for formic acid oxidation was synthesized using NaH2PO2 as the reducing agent. The Pd–P nanoparticles were amorphous and exhibited higher specific and mass activity values compared to commercial Pd/C electrocatalyts and reported literature…

Desmond’s Pd nanoparticle electrocatalyst comunication is available on RSC Advances

A facilely synthesized highly active Pd nanoparticle electrocatalyst for electroless deposition process “Pd nanoparticles chemically synthesized by respective reducing agents were evaluated in the hypophosphite oxidation reaction for initiating electroless Ni deposition. The P co-deposited Pd nanoparticles exhibited as high specific activity as conventional Pd nanoparticles synthesized by tin(II) chloride while having superior mass activity…

“Self-calibrated Fluorescent Thermometer Nanoparticles Enable in Vivo Micro Thermography in Milimeter Scale Living Animals” will be presented by Ferdinandus in the Late News section at TRANSDUCER 2015 (22 June 2015)

“Abstract: We develop fluorescent nanoparticle thermometer capable of mapping out temperature distributions in small animals with higher spatial resolution than conventional infrared thermography. To acquire fluorescence intensity change solely owing to the temperature shift, we encapsulated both the thermo-sensitive dye and the thermo-insensitive (reference) dye into the particle. It showed a notably high thermo-sensitivity of…

Our walking cyborg beetle will be presented at ICRA 2015 (29 May 2015, 09:45-09:55)

Cao Feng will present the walking control of cyborg beetle at ICRA 2015 “Abstract: This paper reports motion control of living insect legs by electrically stimulating multiple leg muscles under pre-programmed sequential schedule. A living beetle (Coleopteran, Mecynorrhina torquata) was employed as the insect platform. Firstly, we investigated the sequence of leg motions (walking gait)…