Robotic Roaches May Soon Help Disaster Recovery, As Swarms Crawl Through Collapsed Buildings [VIDEO]

Automatically piloted cockroaches may help disaster recovery in the future, when earthquakes and bombs collapse buildings.

Eric K. Noji, M.D.‘s insight:

Roboticists at North Carolina State University announced Tuesday they had connected Microsoft’s motion-sensing Kinect system to the newly developed electronic interface, which spurs the roach into motion by sending small electrical signals to the antennae and cerci. An electrical impulse to the antennae signals an obstacle ahead, whereas the same to the cerci mimics the effect of a detected air current nearby — causing the animal to flee from predation, or a giant human hand about to smash it.

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