Studying Robotics with a 'Roach Coach'

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Roach perched on ping-pong ball is navigation system for a robot.

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California-Irvine grad student Garnet Hertz's robot design has a bug in the system. He uses a Madagascar hissing cockroach, poised on a tracking ball, to control a high-tech rover. Hertz explains his experiment.

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