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Backyard Brains RoboRoach

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  • The world's first commercially available cyborg!
  • Perform your own advanced neural interface surgery to remotely control the left/right movement of a cockroach from a phone or tablet.
  • Includes reusable Bluetooth LTE enabled backpack, small battery, and easy to make electrodes for 3 RoboRoaches
  • Experiments and Surgery instructions available for free online
  • Cockroach Not Included, available for purchase online
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Product Description

Create and control a cyborg!

Are you a teacher or parent that wants to teach a student about advanced neurotechnologies? You are in luck-the RoboRoach is the world's first commercially available cyborg. With our RoboRoach you can wirelessly control the left/right movement of a cockroach by microstimulation of the nerves in their antennae.

Stimulating educational possibilities

The RoboRoach is a great way to learn about neural microstimulation, sensory and neural adaptation, and electronics. The RoboRoach backpack weighs very little even with the battery, and each battery will last over a month. Following a brief surgery you perform on the cockroach attaching the silver electrodes to the antenna, you can put the backpack on the roach and control its movement for a few minutes before the cockroach adapts temporarily. When you return the cockroach to its cage for ~20 minutes, it "forgets", and the stimulation works again.

Just add roaches

Once you receive your RoboRoach in the mail, follow our online surgery instructions and videos and you will soon be on your way to joining the ranks of experts in neural interfaces. Afterwards, you can clip the wires and retire the cockroach to your breeder colony to spend the rest of its days making more cockroaches for you and eating your lettuce.


Product Information

Product Dimensions 6.8 x 2.1 x 1.4 inches
Item Weight 4.8 ounces
Shipping Weight 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B00QDHD1WS
Manufacturer recommended age 13 years and up
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
Best Sellers Rank #293,295 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#424 in Toys & Games > Learning & Education > Science > Biology
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Cruel to Animals. Desensitizing to Humans. This is a lose-lose.

Really Amazon? You can do a better job than offering products like this. Raise your standards.
And really Backyard Brains? You obviously did not think this through.

I do not care that we are talking roaches, animals that are generally hated and routinely poisoned. I am talking about sentient beings whose lives are not ours to PLAY with.

Evolve, please, sooner than later.
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I was shocked to learn that your company sells live animals and surgery kits that are used to mutilate roaches and subject them to remote control.

As you may be aware, scientific organizations support the use of humane simulation alternatives instead of procedures that use live animals. The American Psychological Association's (APA) Guidelines for Ethical Conduct in the Care and Use of Nonhuman Animals in Research states that "[c]onsideration should be given to the possibility of using non-animal alternatives. Some procedures that can be justified for research purposes may not be justified for educational purposes." And in its Resolution on the Use of Animals in Research, Testing, and Education, the APA recommends that "the development and use of complementary or alternative research or testing methodologies, such as computer models, tissue, or cell cultures, be encouraged where applicable and efficacious."

Studies show that roaches are conscious, social beings who prefer to dine in groups--they also "talk" to one another and may even be able to count! According to Professor Lars Chittka, a researcher who studies insects, "Animals with bigger brains are not necessarily more intelligent."

With so many humane neuroscience simulations available, I urge you to stop selling RoboRoach surgery kits and live roaches.

Please support humane science and stop hurting animals.
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I am horrified that such a cruel and barbaric item is for sale! This is shameful, cockroaches are sentient creatures, capable of feeling pain and suffering, to subject them to such callous cruelty is an absolute disgrace.

This requires a child to totally disregard the pain and suffering of a living creature, to feel no empathy for it at all, is this really what we want to teach our children?
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This is disgusting and extremely cruel! I hate roaches, but why in the world would anyone want to torture something like this? And what are you teaching kids??? That it's ok to torture things in the name of science??? And then what? They go on to torture and do "surgery" on rodents and then cats and dogs?!? Serial killer starter kit, for sure!
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