Friday, March 22, 2013


North Carolina State University’s iBionics Laboratory has developed a way to create “cyborg cockroaches” to help find victims of disasters such as earthquakes.

The cockroaches are fitted with wireless control systems that let a human operator hear sounds of distress or see via the camera system.

The National Geographic website has an article with an interview with Assistant Professor of Engineering, Alper Bozkurt, who led the cockroach biobot project.

My robotic engineering students found this extremely interesting, and the article generated a lot of discussion of further uses of such a biobot, and ideas for other animals that could be used in similar projects.

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