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Watch | This drone can smell obstacles using live moth antenna

Researchers at the University of Washington and the University of Maryland have developed an autonomous drone that uses live antennae from a moth to smell and avoid obstacles as it travels in the air.

The “smellicopter" was developed in association with the Air Force Center of Excellence on Nature-Inspired Flight Technologies and Ideas (NIFTI), and uses antennae from the Manduca sexta hawkmoth.

Moths can use their antennae to sense chemicals in the environment.

Printable version | Apr 12, 2021 7:54:13 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/technology/watch-this-drone-can-smell-obstacles-using-live-moth-antenna/article33703328.ece

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