Monthly Archives: October 2013

Control an insect from your smartphone!    Send article as PDF   
The RoboRoach: Control a living insect from your smartphone for $99.99!

What is the RoboRoach?

The RoboRoach is the world’s first commercially available cyborg! That’s right… A real-life Insect Cyborg! Part cockroach and part machine. This is not a gimmick…  just good ol’ fashion neuroscience, evolution and engineering

LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Kits Arrive    Send article as PDF   
After a long wait due to getting the cash together, I’m now the proud owner of two LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Retail Kits (31313). I ended up, after a lot of research in getting my kits from Amazon U.K. as I was able to save US$250, compared to buying them here locally in Australia. For some reason that I haven’t managed to determine, LEGO retails for about 50% more than residents of Europe and the U.S.would expect to pay.

Cyborg Insects Mapping Collapsed Buildings    Send article as PDF   


Researchers from North Carolina State University have proposed using swarms of cyborg remote-control cockroaches to map dangerous or uncertain areas like collapsed buildings. Just a few months ago, a team at the same university published research into using Microsoft’s Kinect technology to steer cyborg cockroaches (what they call “biobots”) through a predefined path.

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