Remote controlled pigeons

A Pigeon.: Up, down, left, right - I go where you wish!  Image courtesy grendelkhan.
A Pigeon.: Up, down, left, right - I go where you wish! Image courtesy grendelkhan.

This one is really bizarre.

Scientists in China have said they have developed a system to control pigeons by remote control through tiny micro electrodes in their brains. The pigeon’s flight can be controlled using simple commands from a computer, such as left, right, up, or down.

These same scientists had similar success controlling rats (though not while in flight, obviously). The scientists hope they can put the technology they are developing to practical use in the future.

Practical use?

What practical use do you think this technology could be used for?

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Liza's picture
Liza says:

Rats and pigeons could be the ultimate spies. (Who notices a pigeon?) Strap a little camera on them, and then "drive" them wherever you want them to go, remotely.

You could probably also use rats to do search and rescue missions: drive them around in rubble to try and find injured people.

posted on Thu, 03/01/2007 - 10:46pm
Joe's picture
Joe says:

Piegons as spies would be sneaky. Using rats to find people is a great idea - though as I picture a animal coming to my rescue I think Lassie, or those dogs with the barrel around their necks, not...rats. Rats clearly need some positive PR - this could be good for them.

posted on Fri, 03/02/2007 - 2:16pm
bryan kennedy's picture

Maybe they can remote control them out of the park I walk through. Blech.

posted on Fri, 03/02/2007 - 9:30am
Joe's picture
Joe says:

I know! And they are so bossy! Strutting their stuff and demanding bread.

posted on Fri, 03/02/2007 - 2:17pm
karthik's picture
karthik says:

it can be very much useful in military..............
so that it will be easier to find terrorists.

posted on Thu, 03/08/2007 - 1:25pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

they are being used now you fools

posted on Sat, 01/26/2008 - 7:07pm
Joe's picture
Joe says:

Being used for what? Why so harsh?

posted on Mon, 01/28/2008 - 10:20am

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