Singapore’s cyborg cockroaches on display at homeland security event at MBS

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Apr 03, 2024, 02:25 PM

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Apr 03, 2024, 02:25 PM

SINGAPORE – A group of cockroaches were crawling in and out of tiny gaps in an exhibit of simulated rubble at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre.

But unlike their pesky day-to-day counterparts, these are insect-hybrid robots, each fitted with an infrared camera and series of sensors, under development for use in search and rescue missions.

As the bugs are small in size – they are the Madagascar hissing cockroach, which averages about 6cm when fully grown – they are able to navigate tiny spaces in search of survivors while using minimal amounts of power compared with miniaturised robots.

When a group of them are released into rubble, they are able to detect life via the infrared cameras, providing frontline responders with critical information in emergency situations such as an earthquake.

The cyborg cockroaches are being developed by the Home Team Science and Technology Agency (HTX) together with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Klass Engineering and Solutions.

It leverages the insect-hybrid robot expertise of Professor Hirotaka Sato, the Provost’s Chair in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at NTU.

The 10 cyborg cockroaches were showcased at the Milipol Asia-Pacific and TechX Summit, held at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre from April 3 to 5.

The inaugural event was co-organised by HTX, the GIE Milipol consortium, and events company Comexpo...

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