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Texas A&M Builds 'Robo-Roach' Research Lab Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Mar 3, 2015, 11:16 pm

$ 1Aaababugs.jpgTexas A&M University stands at the forefront of developing remote control robot roaches and is spending mega bucks to build a research lab for the study of roach robotics.

According to the Guardian of London, "They lurk in dark corners, feed off crumbs, and obey the commands of humans. Years in the making, and a contender for the most revolting creation to emerge from a laboratory, the robo-roach has arrived.  Built by engineers in Texas, the robotic insect fuses a live cockroach with a miniature computer that is wired into the animal’s nervous system. At the push of a button, a human operator can control the beast. Or at least which way it scuttles."

Hong Liang, director of the Aggie Robo-Roach Science Lab, is quoted as saying that, "Insects can do things a robot cannot. They can go into small places, sense the environment, and if there’s movement, from a predator say, they can escape much better than a system designed by a human. We wanted to find ways to work with them.”

As reported by the Guardian, "Hong Liang, who led the research at Texas A&M University, said the controllable insect could carry tiny video cameras, microphones and other sensors. With those on board, it could gather information from places where humans would rather not be: collapsed buildings, broken sewers, and the kitchens in student house shares."

Hong Liang predicts that Robo-Roaches are coming to a sewer near you in the near future.

To read the entire article from the Guardian, link here:

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