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Scientists Create Remote-Controlled Cyborg Cockroaches

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The engineering team developed a special backpack and ultrathin organic solar cell modules, in order to successfully integrate these devices onto a cockroach that has limited surface area.

Credit: RIKEN

An international team of scientists led by Japan's RIKEN research institute outfitted insects with a wireless control module powered by a rechargeable battery affixed to a solar cell to create remote-controlled cyborg cockroaches.

The insects can move freely via ultrathin electronics and flexible materials.

The researchers attached a wireless leg-control module and lithium polymer battery to the top of Madagascar cockroaches on the thorax, using a specially designed backpack.

The three-dimensionally-printed backpack fit the contours of the insect perfectly, enabling it to be worn for over a month.

The researchers charged the battery with pseudo-sunlight for 30 minutes, and directed the insects to turn left and right using the wireless remote control.

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