Researcher Kevin Warwick is familiar with brain implants, but what if you were to take that science to the next level? A rat brain-controlled robot would ensue of course. He basically started out growing rat neurons on a 128-electrode array and used them to control a basic robot consisting of two wheels with a sonar sensor. That’s right, this small robot has no microprocessor, as it relies entirely on a rat embryo’s brain cells. Read more for a video and additional information.
For this rat brain-controlled robot to actually function its embryonic neurons are separated and then grown on an electrode array. In just minutes, the neurons sprout tentacles and start connecting to each other, becoming interconnected dendrites as well as axons. Around 100,000 neurons can grow within several days in a dense mesh, and after 1-week, Warwick started to pulse the electrodes under the neural mesh to seek a pathway.
- This big hexapod robot has multiple functions. (Assembly required. Raspberry Pi and Battery are NOT contained.)
- Provides detailed tutorial and complete code (Python) -> The download link can be found on the product box. (No paper tutorial.)
- Compatible models -> Raspberry Pi 4B / 3B+ / 3B / 3A+. (2B / B+ / A+ / Zero 1.3 / Zero W is also compatible but needs extra parts.)
- Control methods -> Controlled wirelessly by your Android devices, iPhone and computer (Windows, macOS and Raspberry Pi OS).
- Needs battery -> See "AboutBattery.pdf" in downloaded file to buy.