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Ear-Bot: Locust Ear-on-a-Chip Bio-Hybrid Platform

by 1,2, 1,†, 1,3,†, 1, 1,3, 1,3,4 and 2,3,5,*
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School of Zoology, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 6997801, Israel
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Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv P.O. Box 39040, Israel
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Sagol School of Neuroscience, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 6997801, Israel
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School of Mechanical Engineering, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 6997801, Israel
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The Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 6997801, Israel
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Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Authors have equally contributed.
Sensors 2021, 21(1), 228; https://doi.org/10.3390/s21010228
Received: 2 December 2020 / Revised: 24 December 2020 / Accepted: 29 December 2020 / Published: 1 January 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Biosensors)
During hundreds of millions of years of evolution, insects have evolved some of the most efficient and robust sensing organs, often far more sensitive than their man-made equivalents. In this study, we demonstrate a hybrid bio-technological approach, integrating a locust tympanic ear with a robotic platform. Using an Ear-on-a-Chip method, we manage to create a long-lasting miniature sensory device that operates as part of a bio-hybrid robot. The neural signals recorded from the ear in response to sound pulses, are processed and used to control the robot’s motion. This work is a proof of concept, demonstrating the use of biological ears for robotic sensing and control. View Full-Text
Keywords: bio-robot; bio-hybrid; acoustic response; locust robot; ear-on-a-chip bio-robot; bio-hybrid; acoustic response; locust robot; ear-on-a-chip
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Fishel, I.; Amit, Y.; Shvil, N.; Sheinin, A.; Ayali, A.; Yovel, Y.; Maoz, B.M. Ear-Bot: Locust Ear-on-a-Chip Bio-Hybrid Platform. Sensors 2021, 21, 228. https://doi.org/10.3390/s21010228

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Fishel I, Amit Y, Shvil N, Sheinin A, Ayali A, Yovel Y, Maoz BM. Ear-Bot: Locust Ear-on-a-Chip Bio-Hybrid Platform. Sensors. 2021; 21(1):228. https://doi.org/10.3390/s21010228

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Fishel, Idan; Amit, Yoni; Shvil, Neta; Sheinin, Anton; Ayali, Amir; Yovel, Yossi; Maoz, Ben M. 2021. "Ear-Bot: Locust Ear-on-a-Chip Bio-Hybrid Platform" Sensors 21, no. 1: 228. https://doi.org/10.3390/s21010228

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