Hold your horses and let go of that door handle, eager parents on your way to buy the latest toy for your screaming brats! There’s a new gizmo in town.
It’s not your plain old Furby or Power Ranger either – it’s UC Berkeley’s Real Live Flying Cyborg InsectTM! Made from genuine insect gizzard, blood and piss - bend this living creature to your will with a neat radio controller as though you were some kind of God! …In actual fact there’s a rather more serious use for this technology. Researchers at UC Berkeley and Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have a two-fold plan for their cyborg insect research and it doesn’t involve getting on a Hamley’s Must-Have-Toys-for-2015 list. Discovering more about insect biology and aiding search-and-rescue operations are higher on the agenda. HYDROMAG delves into the guts of this story like Luke Skywalker in a tauntaun.