posted on Jun, 28 2013 @ 03:16 PM
I don't know about you guys, but I'm not a big fan of cockroaches. It seems here that they may have a little bit more of good use than running around
your house leaving fecal matters and bacteria everywhere.
The next time you're about to stomp a cockroach, you might want to think twice. A team of scientists from North Carolina State University has
developed technology that may one day enable the insect to save lives.
Using video game technology, researchers have figured out how to put the roaches on autopilot, directing them along a pre-designed path. They hope
that one day, the technology could be used to send the bugs into areas that are unsafe for humans to enter, such as collapsed buildings or other
So basically with the use of a circuit board and a kinect they were able to tap into the roaches sensory appendages, and send small electrical signals
to the antenna to steer them in the right direction. They are able to control it using video game technology in real time.
But, with great power comes great responsibility
"We want to build on this program, incorporating mapping and radio frequency techniques that will allow us to use a small group of cockroaches to
explore and map disaster sites," Bozkurt said in the statement. "The autopilot program would control the roaches, sending them on the most efficient
routes to provide rescuers with a comprehensive view of the situation."
It seems like a novel idea, and it could benefit people in need, but I feel DARPA will snatch this up, and use cockroaches to possibly spy on people
in their homes.. I mean, this ability to control roaches with a kinect and some video game software is kind of scary.
I know there is a plethora of other small drone type animal replicas and what not, but they actually are able to control a REAL cock roach, it's not a
drone.. it's the real deal. So next time you see some roaches, I don't think you should feel bad for ending it's existence, because it could turn out
to be a surveillance roach.
Full Article: Researchers Use
Video Game Software to Steer Cockroaches
edit on 6/28/2013 by eXia7 because: (no reason given)