Bats are small, elusive, and nocturnal, which makes them especially difficult to study and track.
By adapting the technology traditionally used for smart devices, scientists have been able to equip bats with improved tracking systems and make advances in studying their behavior, including demonstrating that the animals know social distance.
The result was made possible by technology from Austin-based chip maker Silicon Labs – and could help advance the next generation of animal tracking technology.
Animal biologist Simon Ripperger and engineer Niklas Duda have developed a lightweight wireless sensor system for bat studies that has the potential to revolutionize animal studies worldwide. Ripperger is a biologist at the Institute for Evolution, Ecology and Organic Biology at Ohio State University and Duda is an engineer at the Institute for Electrical Engineering at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg.
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