North Carolina State University researchers control cyborg cockroaches with Microsoft Kinect [video included]

By Madison Ruppert
Editor of End the Lie
June 25, 2013

(Image credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Researchers at North Carolina State University have not only demonstrated the ability to remotely control cockroaches with an electronic implant but have now shown the ability to control the roaches with a Microsoft Kinect.

“Our goal is to be able to guide these roaches as efficiently as possible, and our work with Kinect is helping us do that,” said Dr. Alper Bozkurt of NCSU in a news release today.

I guess the Kinect isn’t only good for playing video games after all.

The Kinect is also being used by the researchers to collect data and detect how effectively the remotely controlled cockroaches respond to the electrical impulses that are used as the control system.

The end goal, according to the researchers, is to use the cockroaches to “explore and map disaster sites.”


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