Smartphone application allows kids to control movements of live cockroachBy Mason White 11:40 AM December 9, 2013
By: Eva Fett
(Scroll down for video) Kids can now control the movement of a cockroach through a smartphone application.
While some see the technology as a teaching device, other call it animal cruelty.
The Backyard Brains company said that their product called RoboRoach, is designed to teach children about neuroscience.
The live, remote-controlled cockroach, allows children to learn through controlling the movements of the insect.
RoboRoach works by attaching a backpack to the cockroach.
The cockroach’s antennas are cut and a hole is put through its thorax with a needle.
Electrodes are then attached to the insect.
This allows one to control the movements of the cockroach from left to right using a smartphone application.
The costs for the Roboroach is $99. It comes complete with an electronic gadget and the insect.