Scientists have created a miniature camera that is carried by beetles that gives a new perspective on how insects live. Learning about the behavior and life of insects is challenging to do with an average camera. This camera will access new information from hard to reach areas that only bugs or small robots could enter.
The camera only turns on when the beetle moves, thanks to an accelerometer sensor. It can run up to six hours and films in black and white. An app allows scientists to rotate the camera for panoramic views.
"We have created a low-power, low-weight, wireless camera system that can capture a first-person view of what's happening from an actual live insect or create vision for small robots," said University of Washington's Shyam Gollakota.
Tiny cameras create an innovative passage to viewing the world from a new point of view. This will bring new opportunities to explore unique environments.