Robot with a rat’s brain

Robotics

Scientists from the university of Reading have created a simple wheeled robot with distance sensors that is controlled wirelessly by a network of cells from a rat’s brain. The sensor data is fed to the neurons which reside in a nutrient/antibiotic solution – the cells output is then transmitted to the ‘body’ as control commands. The images in the above video make it all look surprisingly simple

‘Rat-brain-controlled’ robot on BBC News

Rise of the rat-brained robots on New Scientist

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