Cyborg cockroaches that can be remote controlled may be the future for locating earthquake survivors.
Researchers at North Carolina State University have created miniature insect-based 'biobots' by freezing the creatures and then surgically implanting electrodes to their antennae. A small backpack containing the wireless control system is then attached to the insect's back using tiny magnets that are glued in place. The result is a cybernetic cockroach that can be directly controlled with surprising accuracy.
It is hoped that the cyborg insects may prove invaluable by helping to locate survivors within collapsed buildings. The insects could carry small microphones, cameras and a beacon to alert rescue crews to people trapped under the rubble.
"Cockroaches that are surgically transformed into remote-controlled "biobots" could help locate earthquake survivors in hard-to-access areas."
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Source: National Geographic
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