A new Kickstarter project gives you the tools and technology you need to control a real, living cockroach. According to the RoboRoach campaign, which is currently sitting at $4,300 of its $10,000 goal, touts itself as “world’s first commercially available cyborg”. The kit itself requires a pledge of at least $100 – cockroaches not included.
From the company videos, they show how to perform cockroach “surgery” and install the system onto roaches. Once you’ve gotten through that, you can use their app to move the cockroach left and right. It doesn’t always work perfectly – in fact, some species of roaches just stop in their tracks when you press the button – but this technology definitely has a futuristic feel to it.
Put on your tin foil hats, as it seems dogs and cats will be next… then primates… then humans!