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kfield
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Cockroach army
kfield   6/29/2013 7:50:14 AM
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Based on personal experience dealing with cockroaches when I lived in a rental apartment in Dallas after college, I can't think of a better insect to send out in droves. I've read about similar work being done by researchers at Texas A&M, where they described the cost of the insects and the electronics as "minimal." with the actual mounting of the electronics being the most costly as it's done by hand. Would be interesting to see how that works!

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Max The Magnificent   6/29/2013 2:39:27 PM
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@kfield: ...the actual mounting of the electronics being the most costly as it's done by hand.

Not a job I'd like to do!

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DrQuine   7/1/2013 10:50:55 PM
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The elegance of this solution is that the insect deals with the issues of climbing up and over and around obstacles while the human / external driver concentrates on the end objective. Since the "legwork" has historically been a hard part to program, the insect brain is doing the part for us that we have trouble with!

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selinz   7/3/2013 6:16:29 PM
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How about remote controlled St. Bernards? I'd much rather be carried out by a trio of slobbering poochies than 500 cockroaches..  :-)

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kfield   7/14/2013 1:40:06 PM
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Plus you'd get instant refreshments from that thing they wear around their neck!!!

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Lightweight robots, heavy cockroaches
patrick.mannion   6/29/2013 2:00:10 PM
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I heard the electronics for this puppy weigh 3g or so, or about half that of a large cockroach. I wonder if it slows them down - or do their muscles grow in proportion. I know my own muscles don't:(

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Max The Magnificent   6/29/2013 2:41:46 PM
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@patrick: I wonder if it slows them down

As a student I used to live in a place that was infested with the little #$%^% ... nothing slows them down!!!

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I'm sitting on the horns of...
Max The Magnificent   6/29/2013 2:53:27 PM
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I'm sitting on the horns of a dillemma (and it's not very comfortable, let me tell you).

On the one hand, cockroaches give me the heebie-jeebies

On the other hand, they are all part of life's rich tapestry

 

On the one hand, if I were burried in an earthquake I woudl like my fellow humans to use anything they can to locate me and dig me out.

On the other hand, I feel that there's something wrong about using another lifeform in this way (even if it is a cockroach)

 

 

 

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rich.pell   6/29/2013 3:36:37 PM
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I suspect it's only a matter of time before we create fully robotic versions of these creatures, eliminating the need to exploit their living counterparts.

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Max The Magnificent   6/29/2013 4:22:14 PM
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Hi Rich -- I tend to agree -- I think the future will be filled with robitic bumble bees and the like

 

I don't think the real problem is going to be big government spying on us -- I think it will be our "friends" and neighbors...

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Duane Benson   6/29/2013 8:10:34 PM
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Max - "Little Brother" I think you're right. Government tries to spy, but doesn't really have a great track record at a lot of things. Private Industry will be the really risk to to privacy and freedoms. There isn't always enough over site within the corporate world to prevent abuse of data.

The drone cockroaches is a pretty intriguing idea. I don't have a lot of experience with them so I don't really know if they give me the heebee jeebes, but it's a cool idea regardless.

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MeasurementBlues   6/29/2013 11:44:29 PM
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Can we make a drone mouse and program them not to invade my house?

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harnhua   6/30/2013 9:32:04 PM
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Great idea and execution. There're a lot of things we can learn via biomimicry!

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Max The Magnificent   7/1/2013 7:43:32 AM
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@harnhua: There're a lot of things we can learn via biomimicry!

I agree -- I'm constantly amazed by the way in which living organisms have evolved the most incredibly capabilities -- the folk screating robots and flying / swiming things are constantly learning from living creatures.

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Biobots and drones
Susan Rambo   6/29/2013 3:55:17 PM
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From the ground and the air, pretty soon well be overrun flying and crawling cameras. Beyond the interesting technology, it's pretty fascinating what this will do to our society, not all of bad of course. Drones are being used for science and journalism, also to protect your po I read this short article in Scientific American (Dec. 2012) called "Drones at Home." Scientists tracking organutans in Sumatra created their own drone with open-source Arduino hardware for less than $2000--the drone flew a route and sent back detailed data. See the journalism story here:
Brace Yourselves, Drone Journalism Is Coming

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Duane Benson   6/29/2013 8:12:43 PM
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Drones for journalism are pretty much already here. With a pretty decent quality camera equipped quad copter purchasable for a little over a thousand dollars, most news organizations can find room in the budget.

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Susan Rambo   6/29/2013 8:17:33 PM
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Maybe EE Times can buy a drone then....good idea!

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Love those cockroaches
anon7802799   6/29/2013 11:53:54 PM
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Finally, they have a purpose ....

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Larger creatures are easier to remote control
Pho99   6/30/2013 6:18:15 PM
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Mounting something that small you likely can lose several prototypes and several bugs before a success.

 

Beagles, and Dachsunds would be better for spying on yuppies for example.

 

 

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Max The Magnificent   7/1/2013 7:41:33 AM
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@Pho99: Beagles, and Dachsunds would be better for spying on yuppies

LOL

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Finally!
mcgrathdylan   7/1/2013 12:27:05 AM
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It's about time we've found a use for these creatures. I'm all for it. I am curious about how effective this will be, though.

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Nnanci   7/1/2013 12:40:53 AM
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Lol, yeah those creatures have insisted to live with us so we've got to find them some work...sounds good to me because i'm imagining for instance in a rescue mission where other animals or people can not get to. Roaches can crawl through the rubble and find people or otherwise confirm their absence.

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mcgrathdylan   7/1/2013 12:49:12 AM
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You know, honrestly, as we continue to shrink electronics, eventually we should be able to use ants. Right?  

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Re: Finally!
Nnanci   7/1/2013 12:56:46 AM
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Right. Microscopic job for sure but why not...the smaller it is the more flexible.

kfield
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Re: Finally!
kfield   7/27/2013 5:57:24 PM
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Or event gnats.



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