Cyborg Cockroaches

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    • An international team of researchers have devised a system that can create cyborg cockroaches, that are part insect and part machine. 

    About Cyborg cockroaches

    • Cyborg cockroaches’ movements are controlled by tiny integrated circuits
    • They will be able to conduct surveillance in procedures like urban search and rescue, environmental monitoring and inspection of areas dangerous to humans.
    • By equipping the cockroaches with small wireless control modules, handlers will be able to control the insect’s legs remotely for long periods of time.
    • Methodology:   The team used Madagascar cockroaches, which are not only the largest species of cockroaches, reaching an estimated 6 cm, but are also known for making hissing sounds when disturbed, which they make by expelling air from the openings on their back. 
    • The researchers also designed the system to be rechargeable, by powering it with a super thin 0.004 mm solar cell module that is installed on the dorsal side of the cockroach’s abdomen. 

    Source:IE