The good folks at Backyard Brains think that every child should find a cockroach in their Christmas stocking (or under the menorah). That's why they launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund RoboRoach, a kit that allows you to cut open live cockroaches and implant electrodes to control their movements. Sounds like something Jack skelington would approve of.
"Backyard Brains has developed a Kickstarter project, the RoboRoach, that allows one to cut live cockroaches and implant electrodes to control the insects’ movements. One hundred and eighty three people have pledged $12,339 — exceeding the $10,000 goal to fund the project.
It’s like a remote-controlled car in the body of a live bug, the game “Operation” writ large. But the creators want it to be taken seriously, with Greg Gage saying his product advances the study of neural circuits, allowing students to make scientific discoveries."