As a young person in the 1970s, I read a book where an inventor/professor created a (mechanical?) dragonfly that could be piloted by what we would today call virtual reality controls. I cannot remember the plot, but a child (or children) flew the dragonfly around and once got it stuck in honey. The hand controls gave the sensation of that stickiness. If I remember right, the "headset" worn by the pilot also had multiple screens to show the various points of view of the dragonfly's eyes.

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    There was another, it was a collection of adventures of a group of kids (and I am trying to find the name myself, I still have the book somewhere), where one of the 'adventures' involved something exactly like this - they could squeeze the knobs and get feedback of the claws closing. – user16638 Aug 12 '13 at 15:55

I'm almost positive you're talking about "Danny Dunn, Invisible Boy"

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    That's what came to my mind as well. I didn't remember the honey, but I found some links that mention it. Unfortunately, they're links that will decay soon: an eBay listing, and a text-only Google cache (from a blog that was removed for trying to upload .bin files). – sjl Aug 10 '13 at 20:51
  • Ditto for me. A great series for young adults. – beichst Aug 10 '13 at 23:59
  • Definitely Danny Dunn, Invisible Boy. I have a copy. Joe flew the dragonfly into a beehive. – Frock Aug 11 '13 at 4:16

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