Cockroach scout robot created in Kaliningrad


The robot looks and moves like a real insect; it is less than 10 centimeters long. Nobody before could create such a small electronic insect that can imitate a live prototype so accurately.

Scientists at Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University (BFU) in Kaliningrad created a unique cockroach robot that looks and moves like a real insect. Unlike the real one, it can be very helpful, for example, in searching for people under the rubble or can be used as a scout.

The South American cockroach Blaberus Giganteus was chosen as a prototype. The robot is less than 10 centimeters (about 4 inches – ed.) long, but it can accelerate up to 30 centimeters (about 12 inches – ed.) per second. The cockroach can carry a weight of about 10 grams (0.3 ounces - ed.), for example, a miniature camera or a "bug", so it will be possible to use it in searching for people under the rubble or in surveying.

Scientists and engineers of BFU have been working on the project for about seven months and watched the real Blaberus Craniifer cockroaches. According to them, they had attempted to create an electronic insect before, but nobody could make a miniature robot that can imitate the real insect so accurately. The robot is equipped with a light-sensitive sensor and a system of contact and contactless sensors for object detection and avoidance.

The developers expect to incorporate a navigation system to make the robot follow the set course by the project deadline in December. The system includes an accelerometer, a gyroscope and a magnetometer - a set installed in every smartphone. In addition, it is planned to increase the independence: the robot can operate for 20 minutes now.

Text and pictures by RIA Novosti