A researcher connects a solar cell to a “backpack” of electronics mounted on a Madagascar hissing cockroach in a lab in Wako, Saitama Prefecture, Japan on September 16. Photo: Reuters
A researcher connects a solar cell to a “backpack” of electronics mounted on a Madagascar hissing cockroach in a lab in Wako, Saitama Prefecture, Japan on September 16. Photo: Reuters
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Meet Japan’s cyborg cockroach, coming to a disaster area near you

  • Researchers have figured out how to mount ‘backpacks’ containing solar cells and electronics on the insects, allowing them to be controlled
  • In the future, this may allow the bugs to be used as first responders in search of earthquake survivors, going where even tiny robots can’t reach

A researcher connects a solar cell to a “backpack” of electronics mounted on a Madagascar hissing cockroach in a lab in Wako, Saitama Prefecture, Japan on September 16. Photo: Reuters
A researcher connects a solar cell to a “backpack” of electronics mounted on a Madagascar hissing cockroach in a lab in Wako, Saitama Prefecture, Japan on September 16. Photo: Reuters
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