VIDEO: Researchers at North Carolina State University are training a swarm of unlikely heroes. By placing an array of microphones and electrode sensors onto a small circuit board, they’ve created what they call a “backpack” to be worn by Madagascar hissing cockroaches. The backpacks pick up sounds and help control the insect’s movement. A researcher uses a joystick to steer the roach toward the sound source. This technology could help first responders find survivors in the aftermath of a disaster.
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