A team of robotic researchers has created the only cockroach that you don’t want to step on. Scientists from Germany, China, Singapore, and the UK teamed up to create a crossover between a living cockroach and a mini camera. This cyborg insect would be used for search and rescue missions as it can surpass the limitations of the other existing miniature robots.
We’ve seen our share of drone cameras, with cameras mounted on R/C Helicopters, R/C Quadcopters and R/C cars. But the need for a better, more capable drone drove Alper Bozkurt, an assistant professor of electrical engineering at NC State university, to develop a remote controlled Cockroach.
One of the main motivations for this development is to carry cameras into wracked sites where no man can go like earthquake sites or fallen buildings. Instead of developing a tiny robot capable of maneuvering in hard environments the NC team used a readily made creation of nature: ‘We decided to use biobotic cockroaches in place of robots, as designing robots at that scale is very challenging and cockroaches are experts at performing in such a hostile environment.‘[Read More…]