Backyard Brains has developed a product that allows cockroaches to be controlled via remote control, called RoboRoach. When a cockroach’s antennae hit a wall, it knows to move in the other direction. RoboRoach stimulates those antennae and tricks the roach into thinking it hit some kind of blockage, telling the roach to move in another direction.
The point – other than endless entertainment – is to teach high school students about the principles of microstimulation of neurons, the proper stimulation frequencies, the proper circuit design and basic neurophysiology.
Viral Ad of the Day: Robert Rodriguez directs Danny Trejo at The Crippler, Bruce Willis as Mister Suave, and Kanye West as The Boss in a Nike Basketball spot based around a pitch for a film about Kobe Bryant’s alter-ego The Black Mamba.