In Pictures: Beastly robotic animals

What a zoo! These mechanical creatures run, crawl, swim and fly not much unlike the real things

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Long lasting Cockroach-bot

North Carolina State University's iBionicS lab has taken the wireless sensor to a new level by latching one on to a cockroach and remotely controlling it. “Our aim was to determine whether we could create a wireless biological interface with cockroaches, which are robust and able to infiltrate small spaces,” says Alper Bozkurt, an assistant professor of electrical engineering. “Ultimately, we think this will allow us to create a mobile web of smart sensors that uses cockroaches to collect and transmit information, such as finding survivors in a building that’s been destroyed by an earthquake." The little electronic backpack fitted onto the Madagascar hissing cockroaches and featuring a microcontroller interacts with the insects' antennae and sensory organs on their abdomens to direct movement.

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