Neural implants and bio-telemetry

Arguably the biggest challenge in modern microelectronics is wiring. We have a variety of implantable sensor or electrode arrays with high channel-count, yet we do not have any easy way to acquire the data without complicated and sometimes prohibitive wiring. Recent wireless neural implants have demonstrated the potential solution to this “wiring issue”. However, there are still many technical challenges that need to be overcome and many ideas to be tested. We will use large insects as a platform to experiment novel neural technologies. Insects’ distributed nervous system allows us to target different types of physiological signals and the ease of working with insects allows us to go through many design iterations quickly.

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