India’s Defense Research and Development Organization has announced that the country is creating “cyborg rats” that can be used for reconnaissance and rescue operations, writes WION.
The department explained: in these rats, a special camera will be installed on the head, which will transmit the video sequence to the operator. It is planned to control rodents using electrodes that will transmit signals directly to the animals’ brains.
The project is led by the Defense Research and Development Organization’s Parvataneni Young Scientists Laboratory. Lab director P. Shiva Prasad said the cyborg rats are currently being tested: three to four rats are used for the tests and rewarded with delicious food for the tasks performed.
“For the first time in India, such technologies are being used – some other states are already actively using them. The first phase of testing is currently underway, during which we are testing in practice how operators manage to control rats. The second phase means that the scientists will also be able to send images to the camera on the head of the rodent with the object that it will have to find,” explained Prasad.
According to him, cyborg rats can replace remote-controlled robots, which do not differ in special maneuverability, endurance and the ability to get into narrow spaces, unlike rats. Scientists hope that the initiative will be useful in rescue or reconnaissance operations.
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