How is it possible? Excuse us, for we have a tendency to exaggerate with our titles. But we can at least vouch for 50% of what you just read above. Below is a disturbingly awesome example of a cyborg insect.
It all begins with those clever little Hexbugs. Remember those? There’s a piece on those little fine toys we ran a while back—oh right, here it is. So there, Hexbugs. To create the abomination pictured up north, Hexbugs are disassembled and the electronic parts are then applied to a cockroach. We don’t think the guys responsible for this DIY monstrosity asked for its permission.
Anyway, the results are equal parts crude and promising. How they actually managed to attach components on such a frail body is a marvel of precision work. Though we can’t tell which specific cockroach species became the first prototype, it does look rather burdened under the weight of its uh, attachments.
A comprehensive guide to the BiDirectional RoboRoach Prototype can be read at its official Make page. Here’s a small teaser to sate your curiosity:
“By modifying the HEXBug toy “Inchworm” circuitry to deliver pulses, we stimulated the antenna nerves of the discoid cockroach to “trick” the cockroach into turning upon command. Stay tuned! as we make the preparation easier, more reliable, and lighter!”
At least when the machines take over, the human resistance can rely on these new “allies.”
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