Cyborg cockroaches could be used as mapping tool

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Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a mapping system that would make use of the remarkable survival skills of cockroaches.

According to New Atlas, cockroaches are fitted with electronics connected to their antennae and cerci. Scientists can remotely steer the cockroaches by stimulating their antennae and accelerate their movements by stimulating their cerci.

The cyborg cockroaches’ movements are restricted by a UAV via radio signal, which contains their movements to within 20 meters. The UAV signal is able to penetrate buildings, the university said in a press release.

The insects would move freely within the defined area and would emit radio waves, which would translate into a map of the area. The UAV would move to unexplored sections until all sections are mapped.

“This has utility for areas – like collapsed buildings – where GPS can’t be used,” Edgar Lobaton, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at NC State and co-author of two papers describing the work said in the press release.

The researchers hope the system will help rescue teams locate survivors after a disaster and to provide a safe way for officials to rescue victims.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Depiction of a cockroach is controlled by an electronic device
2. Depiction of the cockroaches’ movements are restricted by a UAV; the UAV signal can penetrate a building
3. The cyborg cockroaches moving inside a building while sending out radio signals
4. Cyborg cockroaches move in various parts of a structure; a map of the structure appear
5. Depiction of the cyborg cockroaches are released in a collapsed building for mapping purpose

VOICEOVER (in English):
“Cockroaches are fitted with electronics connected to their antennae and cerci. Scientists remotely steer the cockroaches by stimulating their antennae and accelerate their movements by stimulating their cerci.”

“The cyborg cockroaches’ movements are restricted by a UAV via radio signal, which limits their movements to within 20 meters. The UAV signal is able to penetrate buildings.”

“The insects would move freely within the defined area while emitting radio waves, which would translate into a map of the area.”

“The UAV would move to unexplored areas until all sections are mapped.”

“The cyborg cockroaches could be released into dangerous areas such as collapsed buildings to conduct mapping missions.”

SOURCES: NC State University, Inverse, New Atlas, The Engineer, WRAL TechWire
https://news.ncsu.edu/2016/11/biobot-mapping-tech-2016/
https://www.inverse.com/article/23957-cyborg-biobot-cockroaches
http://newatlas.com/drones-cyborg-cockroaches-map-buildings/46510/
https://www.theengineer.co.uk/uavs-and-insect-cyborgs-collaborate-to-map-disaster-zones/
http://wraltechwire.com/ncsu-tech-enables-drones-insect-biobots-to-map-disaster-areas/16250725/