The world’s first Bluetooth-controlled cyborg is here in the form of an app-enabled cockroach. And it’s using Kickstarter to raise money. It’s also being developed and manufactured in a hackerspace—a cooperative lab and machine shop space where techies can tinker and invent together.
Why RoboRoaches? A group of neuroscience junkies named Backyard Brains thinks the roaches can serve as experiment kits for high school science classes, PhD students and other amateur neuroscientists. The group’s flagship product, theSpikerBox, allows users to view the neurological activity of an invertebrate on a smartphone. RoboRoach improves on that product by letting users hack the bug’s brain waves, control them, and steer the bugs with a smartphone. MORE
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