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Researchers developed an Urban Search And Rescue (USAR) system that uses a ‘steerable’ live cockroach.
Miniaturized machine learning-enabled infrared survivor detection system through otherwise unnavigable disaster scenarios.
It uses the Madagascar cockroach as a vehicle, and has enough power to run for several hours.
Integrated navigation system guides the biobot to a predetermined destination.
Infrared camera operating at 32×32 pixels with a 90-degree field of view.
Captures images in dark areas, and wirelessly reporting any located survivors to a command center in real time.
Sensors to monitor temperature, humidity and CO2.
A 100% success rate in environments with no or low obstacles, and a higher success rate with tall obstacles.
87% success rate in distinguishing human subjects.
Dead reckoning could be implemented as a power-saving solution in future implementations.
Attempts to recreate insectoid capabilities in purely robotic form.
Study by Nanyang Technological University.