Shanghai Student Creates ‘Brain Control Cockroach’
A postgraduate student at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), Li Guangye has managed a new sort of way in which the Mechanical Engineering students can control the movement of a living cockroach under Zhang Dingguo (student’s advisor).
The SJTU published an article on the achievement of its student at their official website; the project (Brain Control Cockroach) was given the second position in the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society’s Student Activities Committee’s Video Contest 2015. The cockroach was instructed to walk in Z and S pattern by the human being.
So in order to control the movement of a living cockroach, the controller needs to do a few things. First the instructor must be wearing a portable wireless head gear that collects brain waves. The microelectrodes must be implanted in the cockroach which stimulate nerves in the antenna of the insect.
The portable head gear will collect the directional intention waves, the computer deciphers the intentions and the receiver set attached at the back of a cockroach receives them and it works accordingly. So using a human being’s brain signal you can now control a cockroach’s brain.
The project named ‘Brain Control Cockroach’ is further set to be displayed at the ICRA2015 top level meeting. The researchers plan to launch the project on a large scale in the future. After the availability of the project for public, people would be able to make these cockroaches’ race against each other. Poor cockroaches though!
As predicted before, using the brain signals along with new software and computer OS, the human beings would be able to communicate without actually using words or typing. This kind of project experimented by students in China has occurred for the first time, we expect to see a lot more in future though.