Project Description

Bio-robotic Systems Based on Insect Fixed Behavior by Artificial Stimulation

Isao Shimoyama, head of the bio-robot research team at Tokyo University, developed a way to remotely control a cockroach. The roach was surgically implanted with a micro-robotic backpack that allows researchers to control its movements with a remote control. Pulsing electrodes make the roach turn left, turn right, scamper forward or spring backward, although the controls are not very precise yet.


Credits: Isao Shimoyama, Raphael Holzer