SCIENTISTS have come up with a system that could allow cyborg cockroaches – part insect, part machine – to become a reality.
Researchers say remote-controlled insects could be useful for exploring areas where it’s not safe for people to go.
Scientists came up with the idea of attaching a solar battery that can be recharged by the sun to the cockroaches. They also 3D-printed a little backpack that was made to fit along the curve of the insect’s body.
The scientists used Madagascar cockroaches, which are about 6cm long. As a result, the equipment had to be extremely small, thin, light and flexible.
A little module with wires was also attached to control the leg movements of the cockroaches. The batteries were charged for 30 minutes and the scientists were able to make the cockroaches move left and right.
Kenjiro Fukuda, who led the tests, said they think their system could also work for “other insects like beetles, or perhaps even flying insects like cicadas in the future”.