M2M is the buzzword of the moment in industrial and consumer technology, and it would seem that "buzz" may be quite appropriate in the future.
Scientists are advancing insect remote control and, ethics aside (for animals), a very interesting technology if it can be deployed at a commercial level across a number of sectors including agriculture, medical and defence.
With the ability to hover and zip along at high speeds, the dragonfly has inspired robots and micro UAVs in the past – but why reinvent the wheel when nature has already done the hard work? Now, researchers from the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) have developed a system that a living dragonfly can wear like a backpack, allowing engineers to steer it remotely to deliver payloads, conduct reconnaissance and even guide pollination. This isn't the first time scientists have driven living insects like remote-controlled cars. Cyborg cockroaches may one day come to the rescue in disaster situations, and locusts might make for tiny, cyborg sniffer dogs.