Project Description

The Cockroach Controlled Mobile Robot (2004)

“The Cockroach Controlled Mobile Robot” consists of a giant hissing Madagascan cockroach, which controls the movements of a three-wheeled robot. The cockroach is placed above a ping pong ball, which it spins with its feet, like a trackball device. When the robot detects an object ahead, one of many small lights which encircle the front of the cockroach starts to flash. As the cockroach tries to scuffle away from the light, the robot moves away from the obstacle.


Credits: Garnet Hertz