Backyard Brains: Controlling Cockroaches, Fruit Flys, And People

Hackaday shocks and then remote controls me

Hackaday

[Greg] and some of the other crew at Backyard Brains have done a TED talk, had a few successful Kickstarters, and most surprisingly given that pedigree, are actually doing something interesting, fun, and educational. They’re bringing neuroscience to everyone with a series of projects and kits that mutilate cockroaches and send PETA into a tizzy.

[Greg] demonstrated some of his highly modified cockroaches by putting a small Bluetooth backpack on one. The roach had previously been ‘prepared’ by attaching small electrodes to each of its two front antennas. The backpack sends a small electrical signal to the antennae every time I swiped the screen of an iPhone. The roach thinks it’s hitting a wall and turns in the direction I’m swiping, turning it into a roboroach. We seen something like this before but it never gets old.

Far from being your one stop shop for cockroach torture devices, Backyard Brains…

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One thought on “Backyard Brains: Controlling Cockroaches, Fruit Flys, And People”

  1. I’d like to know who’s singing in the background? It looks so painful Jason!!!! Yikes……. good thing you didn’t have beer in your hand!

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