Sniffing Out a New Way to Diagnose Disease: Introducing the Locust-Powered Robot

Advances in technology have enabled us to explore new ways of diagnosing diseases and improving security checks. With the help of a new robot equipped with a biological sensor, researchers from Tel Aviv University have managed to do just that.

The robot is powered by the antennae of locusts, which have an acute sense of smell. The antennae of the locusts are placed between two electrodes that send electrical signals as a response to a nearby odour. With machine learning, the robot’s electronic system can identify each scent’s unique signature.

This new technology could be used to detect disease, drugs, explosives, and food safety. The developers of the robot, Neta Shvil of the Sagol School of Neuroscience and Ben Moaz, are excited about the possibilities of their invention. As Shvil says, “Ultimately, we are trying to create a robot with a sense of smell that will be able to distinguish between smells and to locate them in space.”

This revolutionary robot could have a major impact on the way we diagnose and detect diseases, as well as other security checks. It could be a game-changer for the medical and security industries, and the possibilities are almost endless.