The RoboRoach: Control a living insect from your smartphone!

A project in Ann Arbor, MI by Backyard Brains

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Control the movements of a live cockroach from your own mobile device! This is the world's first commercially available cyborg!
Backers: 183
Average Pledge Per Backer: $67

Funded: $12,339 of $10,000
Dates: Jun 10th -> Jul 10th (30 days)
Project By: Backyard Brains
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Latest News

Air bags for cyclists, an outspoken alarm clock and more

November 8th - via:
Welcome to Freak-Filled Friday, a weekly roundup of odd and interesting innovations news. (Read More)

PETA Files Complaint Against Makers of Cruel 'RoboRoach' Kit

November 1st - via:
The animal rights organization says Backyard Brains may be committing a felony, practicing veterinary medicine without a license. (Read More)

The RoboRoach Kit Will Let You Control A Cockroach With A Smartphone

June 24th - via:
Cockroaches are pretty disgusting insects. If a cockroach is noticed at a restaurant or hotel, they will receive some really nasty reviews on Yelp. Backyard Brains launched a project on Kickstarter called RoboRoach and it has about two weeks to go until it ends. (Read More)

Now, smartphones can control a live cockroach!

June 18th - via:
Now, you can control the movements of a live cockroach from your own smartphone with the help of the world's first commercially available cyborg. (Read More)

First live public demonstration at TED

June 14th - via:
On Wednesday, we gave a TED Talk on the need for neuroscience education, our outreach efforts, the ethics of using cockroaches, and closed with the first live demonstration of the new RoboRoach!  Photo Credits: James Duncan Davidson  (Read More)

Kickstarter campaign seeks to create cyborg cockroaches

June 14th - via:
Creators of the RoboRoach, which is billed as part cockroach/part machine, hope to impact the advancement of basic neuroscience research (Read More)

Live Cyborg Cockroach Launch Kickstarter

June 14th - via:
A company has launched a Kickstarter for living cyborg cockroaches that can be controlled via iPhone app. (Read More)

Kickstarter campaign launched for remote-controlled cockroaches

June 13th - via:
If you like remote-controlled cars and insects, you may want to invest in RoboRoach. A startup company called Backyard Brains, which sells neuroscience experiment kits to students, has taken to Kickstarter, seeking $10,000 in funding to mass manufacture devices that would let users control the movements of live cockroaches. (Read More)

A Kickstarter launched a couple of days ago is already half way to letting you control a cockroach with your phone, but is this ethical?

June 13th - via:
I'm not sure where to begin on the ethics of this. On the up side, inspiring kids to learn about technology such as this could directly lead to promising careers resulting in the next generation of treatments. On the down side, we're seeing completely uncontrolled experimentation on the brains of animals, which leaves a pretty bad taste in the mouth, to put it mildly. Does it matter that this is being conducted on creatures we routinely exterminate? (Read More)

Cockroaches Go High Tech With New RoboRoach

June 12th - via:
A new Kickstarter project wants to allow you to own and control your own cyborg cockroach. The RoboRoach is the world’s first commercially available “Insect Cyborg” that involves neuroscience and engineering. Researchers from “Backyard Brains” created a device that allows you to install a pack to the antenna of a cockroach and control the insect using an app available on the iPhone. (Read More)

Just In Time For The New Dystopia Comes Cyborg Roaches

June 12th - via:
The new dystopian surveillance state requires new toys. And right on time comes the RoboRoach. The creepy geeks behind ‘Backyard Brains” have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $10,000 to underwrite the creation of the “world’s first commercially available cyborg!” (Read More)

What the T-shirts, Signed Prints, and Coffee Mug look like.

June 11th - via:
Many of you have e-mailed us inquiring what the swag actually looks like. Ask and ye shall receive.  (Read More)

RoboRoach: Now you can create your very own cyborg cockroach

June 11th - via:
A new Kickstarter project aims to launch the next "neuro revolution" by teaching about brain stimulation and cockroach surgery. (Read More)

In defence of the cockroach: RoboRoach Kickstarter ignores ethics

June 10th - via:
Backyard Brains has launched a Kickstarter campaign to support RoboRoach -- its endeavour to bring remote-controlled cockroaches to the public. (Read More)

You Don't Have A Roach Infestion, You Have A Potential Kickstarter-Funded RoboRoach Army

June 10th - via:
If you're like me, you don't need much out of life. A good movie, a pretty girl, and a massive swarm of cyborg insects that you can command to bring a swift end to your enemies. Well, if this Kickstarter project has its way, we'll have the third one in no time. Meet the RoboRoach. This little kit allows you to mind control a living cockroach. (Read More)

RoboRoach surgery kit comes to Kickstarter: a remote control for real cockroaches

June 10th - via:
What DARPA does with animal test subjects behind closed doors is one thing, but here we have something else entirely: mad-scientist kits that allow anyone at home to control the movement of a real-life cockroach. Backyard Brains, the crew behind Twitter Roach, have been selling RoboRoach sets for creating cyborg insects for some time. But today, after getting as far as they can on their own, they're seeking Kickstarter funding to improve their design and develop "educational materials" to go with it. (Read More)

Cyborg cockroaches are coming

June 10th - via:
A wild new Kickstarter program aims to transform the common house pests into iPhone-manipulable pets VIDEO (Read More)

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