is a rat
controlled through implants in its brain
. The rodents in the first experiment wore a small electronics backpack that linked to electrodes in their brains
. They received radio commands from a laptop
that would stimulate sensations in their whiskers
and reward/pleasure receptors to manipulate them into following pre-programmed routes. Some researchers propose using them to search for landmines
or buried victims of earthquakes
, as they can much more efficiently scout such areas than human rescuers or existing robots.