Cyborg Cockroaches Could Be the Next Superheroes

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People often shun cockroaches. The negative outlook on roaches might change with the new innovation called Cyborg cockroaches. The bionic cockroaches can go through rubble and tight spaces, better than a bigger robot could.

Cyborg cockroaches will be the new heroes

With the threat of global warming and climate change, the world has more natural disasters that could easily wipe out an area. Aside from natural disasters, there are other tragedies like the fire that will need an urgent search and rescue. In a bid to improve and find survivors quickly, researchers developed the cyborg cockroaches which simplify search and rescue. Moreover, the bionic roaches defeat the current robots in the markets with its ability to go through even the smallest of holes with ease.

The research from the NC State focused on the development of biobots roaches which can be controlled remotely. It can map out the scope of the disaster areas which can help to identify the survivors of a calamity. NC State researchers developed cockroach biobots that operators can control remotely. The roaches carry technology that can map disaster areas and identify survivors in the wake of a calamity. The researchers also answered some questions about the bots’ movements. Some cyborg roaches can move at its will while the others can have random commands to simply move in various directions.

The idea of using robotic roaches is not an entirely new concept. There had been various research about the creation of the cyborg roaches. Hong Liang from Texas A&M University led a research that was published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface.

The ultimate goal on cyborg cockroaches is to make search and rescue faster

NC State’s project can steer the roaches with the use of acoustic cues. Texas A&M’s study focused on stimulating the cockroaches’ brain to control the movements and steer it. The hybrid robotic system presents an advantage over the traditional ones. The system used in the study will utilize living insects with an efficient sensory system. Furthermore, this will allow the insects to respond to the surroundings. Additionally, Texas A&M’s crawlers can sustain themselves through natural sources like in taking food and water on its own.

Despite having different ideas in terms of running the system, the goal of both research is to better-equipped people during large-scale disasters. In conclusion, both studies will utilize small insects, specifically the cockroach to save lives. It is possible that the innovators will add additional sensory equipment, microphones, and cameras to the insects.

Sources: IFLScience, Phsy.org

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