A couple of years ago we saw Arjen Beltman and Bart Jansen’s Orville, a dead cat turned into a quadcopter. Earlier this year Arjen and Bart shared video of their new taxidermied animal quadcopter, this time built around a rat named Ratjetoe.
Lab rats have it bad enough having to jump through hoops and perform in order to be studied, but now life just got worse for the furry rodents. Scientists at Japan’s Waseda University have created a robotic rat designed to terrorize their organic lab rats, inducing stress and depression so their reactions can be studied.
Ah, Biology 101. We may be from different nations and cultures, but I’m sure those of us who have gone through that class share very similar experiences: The fear. The excitement. The jumping, twitching animals. The smell.
…so we can watch tiny slices of awesome like this, one short clip after the other, and before you know it, another day at the office is done. It’s true; I asked DARPA.
It took animatronics expert John Nolan – he’s worked on lots of films, including Harry Potter, Where the Wild Things Are, and Clash of the Titans – two months to make the 1 min, 28 sec long faux-ad Nolan’s Cheddar.
Live in a rat-infested fleabag of an apartment? Well even if you don’t, you can still scare the beejezus out of your roommates with your very own remote-controlled rat.
With its light-up red eyeballs, I wouldn’t necessarily call this rat-on-wheels “lifelike”.