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Jun 12 2013   1:47PM GMT

Smartphone controlled cockroach the key to our brains

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English: High detail closeup of a cockroach.

English: High detail closeup of a cockroach. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The last thing many of us would want to spend our day staring at is a scuttling cockroach. However, neuroscientist Greg Gage is hoping his contraption will make the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh do just that.

Gage has created a ‘backpack’ which can be fitted onto one of the little critters* and, through using electricity, can control the movements of the bug. Also, rather than just a standard remote, the directions are all given to the beast over a smartphone.

There is some method to his madness. The technology is already being used for treating Parkinson’s disease and further studies like this could unlock some more secrets as to how the brain and electric pulses interact.

But really we are just thinking of keeping a stash of the backpacks in case we ever get invade with cockroaches at the Downtime offices. That will show the nasty little buggars…

*no cockroaches have been hurt during this experiment as they are under anesthetic… mores the pity  

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