Engineering Minute

Engineering Minute – Lifesaving Cyborg Cockroach

Researchers at University of Connecticut have successfully created a microcircuit that can reliably and precisely control robotic insect motion. The microcircuit is part of an electronic "backpack" that is strabbed to the back of a cockroach with wires running from the backpack to the insect's antennae. Using a tiny Bluetooth transmitter and receiver, the roach's movements can be controlled using a smartphone. The hope is to use this technology in search in rescue operations as well as in national defense. Read more about the cyborg cockroach at University of Connecticut.

A cockroach with an implanted neurocontroller