Scientists developed a tiny camera that can be put on a beetle. The camera records where the bug goes. This gives scientists a bug's-eye view of the world. The researchers say the camera will explore places never seen before. A researcher explained why the camera could be useful. He said: "Insects can traverse rocky environments, which is really challenging for robots to do at this scale. So this system can also help us out by letting us see...hard-to-navigate spaces." He said: "This is the first time that we've had a first-person view from the back of a beetle while it's walking around."
The scientists are from the University of Washington. Their camera is light enough for bugs to wear. It weighs just 250 grams and can record five frames per second. A researcher said: "We have created a low-power, low-weight, wireless camera system that can capture...what's happening from an actual live insect." He said a big challenge was making the battery. It had to be small and light, with enough power to last a few hours. The researchers said no beetles were hurt in their tests. They said all the beetles "lived for at least a year" after the experiments finished.