An international team of scientists led by Japan's RIKEN research institute outfitted insects with a wireless control module powered by a rechargeable battery affixed to a solar cell to create remote-controlled cyborg cockroaches.
The insects can move freely via ultrathin electronics and flexible materials.
The researchers attached a wireless leg-control module and lithium polymer battery to the top of Madagascar cockroaches on the thorax, using a specially designed backpack.
The three-dimensionally-printed backpack fit the contours of the insect perfectly, enabling it to be worn for over a month.
The researchers charged the battery with pseudo-sunlight for 30 minutes, and directed the insects to turn left and right using the wireless remote control.
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