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Surgically Implanted Energy Harvesting Devices for Renewable Power Sources in Insect Cyborgs

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Timothy Reissman, Ephrahim Garcia

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Paper No. IMECE2008-68136, pp. 645-653; 9 pages
  • ASME 2008 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 2: Biomedical and Biotechnology Engineering
  • Boston, Massachusetts, USA, October 31–November 6, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4863-0 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3840-2
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


This work details the implantation process of an energy harvester platform within a Manduca sexta Hawkmoth for the purpose of creating a cyborg insect. Also included is an evaluation of energy harvesting with respect to present lightweight battery technology and the magnitudes of ambient energy available for the cyborg insect application. Specific emphasis is given to kinetic energy harvester development, with theory and fabrication of the devices detailed.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME



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