May 20, 2005

Roach Cyborg

This is from SIGGRAPH 2004, but I just stumbled over it today: A roach/robot hybrid composed of a Madagascan Hissing cockroach, some velcro, and a ping-pong ball that the roach uses as a trackball to control a four-wheeled robot. Freakish.

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Designer Garnet Hertz says as far as he can tell, the roach suffers no stress from using the device (since Madagascan Hissing cockroaches are named because they hiss when they're angry or threatened, and the cockroach running the robot doesn't make any noise when it's controlling the robot). After ten to twenty minutes sessions on the robot, the cockroach is removed and put back in its terrarium. More info about the roach cyborg at the Control and Communication page and info about other projects at Concept Lab's site.

[via Future Feeder]

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