It is difficult to imagine an insect that would cause more dislike than domestic cockroaches. But Japanese scientists have made them useful for people through the use of solar energy.
Researchers from the Land of the Rising Sun use solar energy to track environmental changes at the expense of cockroaches. These insects have a unique ability to penetrate into all the cracks, and thanks to it they can be used for search and rescue operations in case of natural disasters. For example, cockroaches can be launched inside various kinds of rubble in order to find trapped people there. And this is often required in case of earthquakes, hurricanes or even terrorist acts.
The use of such cyborg cockroaches is possible by attaching small solar-powered backpacks to them. Through them, it is really possible to remotely control the movements of cockroaches. These backpacks are connected directly to the nervous system of insects, and by pressing a wireless button, cockroaches are sent in a certain direction.
It should be noted that it is not the first time that they are trying to use cockroaches this way, but researchers have used solar energy for the first time instead of conventional batteries, which are quickly discharged. In addition, these backpacks have 50 times higher output power than previous devices.