Japan has developed a “cyborg cockroach”

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A team of researchers has developed a rechargeable cyborg cockroach that can be remotely controlled for use in search and rescue and other missions.

This is reported by Kyodo, citing Japanese Riken Research Institute.

In the course of research, the inventors attached an ultra-thin 4-micrometer film of solar cells to the backs of Madagascar cockroaches. Despite the attached electronic components, the cockroaches were still able to move freely.

Thanks to electricity provided by the solar cell, the team could control the movements of the cockroaches using a wireless control module. A 30-minute charge provides about two minutes of remote control operation.

her research will contribute to the practical use of cyborg insects, including the ability to search for survivors stranded in the rubble or collect data in dangerous areas.

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