I suppose in an emergency situation, you would lose some of these little guys. But I would also guess deployment would involve a number of these robots to create an accurate picture of what's around the corner or under rubble.
This makes me want to cry. I'll bet $100 that this was somehow funded by our bankrupt govt.
Even REAL cockroaches seem to get stuck on their backs (feet up) which makes it much easier to spray them with Raid and they have had a million years to perfect themselves. Hell we can't even make a lawnmower (see previous article) that works properly.
How is it that Honda can make a human that walks on two legs and goes up and down stairs and serves food and all we can come with is an F-ing cockroach.
I don't care how well it scurries around in the dark. I'm tired of sending my (very hard earned) tax dollars to bureaucrats to develop cockroaches.
Would someone PLEASE publish an article of somekind that doesn't piss me off.
Dozer789, it's for search-and-rescue ops. But see Chuck's comment above yours. Chuck, see Dozer789's. Looks like you guys will be having nightmares soon. I mean, really: a world over-ridden by robots that look like bugs and worms and crabs and whatnot, some of them (gulp) 500x the size of bugs? All kidding aside, that does sound like a movie script.
"We have the technology. We can make him better than he was. Better...stronger... faster."
Before you know it people will be performing the same acrobatics. Of course, that would require some structural reinforcement due to limits of the human bone structure, but they did it with Wolverine in X-Men. It seems like some of the things seen in movies over theyears are starting to become more and more of a reality, and it's kind of scary.
I'm also curious about the size issue. The robots in the video are definitely too small to do much of anything beyond creep us out. I'm assuming the design is scalable and transferrable to a more robust version.
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