Remote-Controlled Pigeon Could Enable DSL

A remote-controlled pigeon has been created at the Robot Research Center at the Shandong University of Science and Technology in Qingdao, China.


(Remote-controlled pigeon)

Hobbyists should note that the RC pigeon has the following flight capabilities:

  • take off
  • hover
  • fly forward
  • turn right or left

The pigeon is given instructions through a microelectrode and controller board implanted (mostly) in the top of its head. According to researchers, pigeons don't feel pain in their heads, so no problem there.


(Remote-controlled pigeon electrode and controller board)

I'm really excited about this, because now DSL can become a working reality. That's Digital Squab Line, of course.

In an experiment carried out three years ago, Israeli hobbyists used homing pigeons to carry four GB of data each in memory chips strapped to their backs.


(See pigeon homing study.)

Now that full control over the birds has been achieved, DSL can become a reliable data transfer method. See Digital Squab Line (DSL) Has High Bandwidth for lots more information about how pigeons can carry data.

From Pigeon Cyborgs.

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