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Robotic cockroaches can help a person

November 19 2007

A team of European scientists invented a way to control the behavior of cockroaches with the mini-robots. Mini-robots do not resemble the appearance of live cockroaches, but they are covered with a special enzyme that allows you to create a resemblance to these insects.

Thus, scientists were able to enter the cockroaches in the confusion and make small robots perceive as their counterparts.

Cockroaches are collective insects and tend to organize themselves. This means that in free space, they are going to groups, while gravitate to the darker corners. Scientists who conducted the study sought to determine whether cockroaches follow the "orders" of robots.

For this, they conducted a series of experiments at the site of one meter in diameter. Along the edges of the site were established two shelters made of plastic discs with replaceable filters. Adding or removing filters, scientists can change the lighting of shelters.

Mini-robots were initially programmed so that their preferences coincide with the preferences of cockroaches. And then reprogram them so that they began to prefer more light, and therefore - less attractive to cockroaches shelter.

In 60% of mini-robots could carry away the cockroaches for themselves in a better shelter.

Scientists say that on the one hand, it was interesting to study the behavior of these insects. On the other hand, their discovery is the use and application. According to the researchers, these observations may open new ways to control the behavior of animals, as in freedom and in captivity, reports BBC.

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