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.