Ear-bot: Locust ear-on-a-chip bio-hybrid platform

Idan Fishel, Yoni Amit, Neta Shvil, Anton Sheinin, Amir Ayali, Yossi Yovel, Ben M. Maoz*

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Article number228
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2021


  • Acoustic response
  • Bio-hybrid
  • Bio-robot
  • Ear-on-a-chip
  • Locust robot


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