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Insekt styrd robot: en mobil robot plattform att utvärdera Lukt-tracking förmågan hos en insekt

doi: 10.3791/54802 Published: December 19, 2016

Materials

Name Company Catalog Number Comments
Male adult silkmoth (Bombyx mori) Rear from eggs, or purchase as pupae.
Incubator Panasonic MIR-254 Store pupae or adult silkmoths at a constant temperature, 238 L.
Plastic box Sunplatec O-3 Store pupae or adult silkmoths, 299 × 224 × 62 mm L × W × H.
Copper wire 2-mm diameter for the attachment. Any rigid bar can be used as an alternative for making the attachment to tether a silkmoth. 
Plastic sheet Kokuyo VF-1420N Sold as overhead projector film with thickness of 0.1 mm. Use at the tip of the attachment.
Forceps As one 5SA Remove scales on the thorax.
Adhesive Konishi G17 Bond a silkmoth to the attachment.
Insect-controlled robot Custom Bearing an air-supported treadmill, an optical sensor, custom-built AVR-based microcontroller boards, and two DC brushless motors. It is powered by 8 × AA and 3 × 006P batteries.
Microcontroller Atmel ATMEGA8 A component of the insect-controlled robot.
DC blower Nidec A34342-55 A component of the insect-controlled robot for floating a ball in an air-supported treadmill. 
DC fan Minebea 1606KL-04W-B50 A component of the insect-controlled robot for suctioning air containing an odor.
Optical mouse sensor Agilent technologies HDNS-2000 A component of the insect-controlled robot, obtained from an optical mouse (M-GUWSRSV, Elecom, Japan).
Brushless motor Maxon EC-45 A component of the insect-controlled robot for driving a wheel.
White polystyrene ball A component of the insect-controlled robot. Diameter 50 mm, mass approximately 2 g.
Bombykol:
(E,Z)-10,12-hexadecadien-1-ol
Shin-Etsu chemical Custom synthesis.
n-hexane Wako 085-00416 Solvent for bombykol.
Wind tunnel Custom Pulling-air type, sized 1,800 × 900 × 300 mm L × W × H.
BioSignal program Custom A program to establish serial communication between the insect-controlled robot and a PC via Bluetooth. Used for sending commands to start/stop the robot or configuring its motor properties. 
Camcorder Sony HDR-XR520V Capture robot movements.

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Insekt styrd robot: en mobil robot plattform att utvärdera Lukt-tracking förmågan hos en insekt
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Ando, N., Emoto, S., Kanzaki, R. Insect-controlled Robot: A Mobile Robot Platform to Evaluate the Odor-tracking Capability of an Insect. J. Vis. Exp. (118), e54802, doi:10.3791/54802 (2016).More

Ando, N., Emoto, S., Kanzaki, R. Insect-controlled Robot: A Mobile Robot Platform to Evaluate the Odor-tracking Capability of an Insect. J. Vis. Exp. (118), e54802, doi:10.3791/54802 (2016).

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