The RoboRoach Bundle

Backyard Brains

  • $280.00
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Please Note: Requires at least one Cockroach


Are you a teacher or parent that wants to teach a student about advanced neurotechnologies? You are in luck! We are excited to announce the world's first commercially available cyborg! With our RoboRoach you can briefly wirelessly control the left/right movement of a cockroach by microstimulation of the antenna nerves. The RoboRoach is a great way to engage with neural microstimulation, learning, and electronics!

The RoboRoach Bundle comes with a complete surgery kit that gives you everything you need to add the RoboRoach backpack to your cockroach.

RoboRoach Hand Drawing

Product Details

The RoboRoach "backpack" weighs 4.4 grams with the battery, and each battery will last over a month! Following a brief surgery you perform on the cockroach to attach the silver electrodes to the antenna, you can attach the backpack to the roach and control its movement for a few minutes before the cockroach adapts. When you return the cockroach to its cage for ~20 minutes, they "forget" and the stimulation works again. Once you receive your RoboRoach in the mail, follow our online surgery instructions and videos and you will soon be on your way to becoming an expert in neural interfaces. After about 2-7 days, the stimulation stops working altogether, so you can clip the wires and retire the cockroach to your breeder colony to spend the rest of its days eating your lettuce and making more cockroaches for you.

Watch the video below to see the RoboRoach in action! 

Watch the RoboRoach TED Talk 

Note: Again, this bundle DOES NOT contain Cockroaches. You will also require a Universal or region specific power adaptor to fit the glue gun.

Kit Contents:

RoboRoach What's In The Box

  • 1x Free iOS or Android 4.3+ application for remote control
  • 1x Bluetooth Roboroach backpack control unit
  • 1x 1632 RoboRoach Battery
  • 3x Electrode Sets (to implant 3 Roaches)
  • Roach Terrarium
  • Fine forceps (tweezers)
  • Forceps (hemostat)
  • Loupe
  • Low-temperature Hot Glue Gun
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Q-tips
  • Sandpaper
  • Loctite super glue
  • Popsicle stick
  • Silly putty
  • Dissection scissor
  • Flour
  • Needle
  • Toothpick


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