This Company Has Developed an Electronic ‘Backpack’ That Installs on a Cockroach Allowing Its Movements to be Controlled With an iPhone
Nov. 10, 2013 2:16pm Oliver Darcy
An American company is under fire from an animal rights group for a device they are set to release that allows users to control live-cockroaches by stimulating the antenna nevers after surgically installing an electronic backpack onto them.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) denounced the Backyard Brains product, dubbed the “RoboRoach,” in a press release, saying they have submitted a complaint to the Michigan attorney general and the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs for “unauthorized practice of veterinary medicine (performing surgery on cockroaches), which is a felony, and instructing children to commit this crime.”
The RoboRoach allows individuals to control the movements of a cockroach from their iPhones. (Image source: Backyard Brains)
The RoboRoach, available for pre-order online for $99, requires the individual to anesthetize a cockroach, use sandpaper to “lightly sand the pronotum,” superglue electrode connecters to the insect, and poke a hole just behind the cockroach’s head, as part of the necessary “surgery” to install the backpack.
“It takes about 45 minutes to do the surgery; within 2-4 attempts you will become an expert,” the company says on its website.
I wonder if this would work on a congressman or does it require something semi-intelligent like a cockroach?