View Full Version : "RoboRat" Customer Application - AKA War on Terror

Ken Gracey
05-21-2005, 12:32 AM
Dear friends,

Here is another interesting customer application, featured May 12th on Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer.· A clip is available on the web at the link below.

The rat's backpack is comprised of·a video camera and 2.4 GHz transmitter by Aliveal, a·BASIC Stamp 1 by Parallax, a Panasonic Li-ion battery (Progressive Technologies), and an 433 MHz RX2 receiver by Radiometrix (American rep Lemos).· Data communication from the base station is with the Radiometrix TX2 transmitter driven by a LabView program, and the video link is to an AV receiver by Aliveal.

http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=rlnpsfbab.0.0.6gffz8aab.0&p=http%3A%2F%2Fit-app-02.downstate.edu%2Ficons%2Fpic%2FMN_MAY_12_05%2FRo boRatsChapin_GoodMorningAmerica_5_4_05.wmv (http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=rlnpsfbab.0.0.6gffz8aab.0&p=http%3A%2F%2Fit-app-02.downstate.edu%2Ficons%2Fpic%2FMN_MAY_12_05%2FRo boRatsChapin_GoodMorningAmerica_5_4_05.wmv)


Ken Gracey
Parallax, Inc.

Loopy Byteloose
05-22-2005, 03:59 PM
The is quite remarkable, the whole unit just sits on the rat's back and actually interfaces with the rat's brain.
And, it uses only a BasicStamp1 as its microprocessor! Why do we always think more is needed?

Of course, the drawback is escapee rats. If you have a few hundred of these at an airport, sooner or later one or two will get out. Just make sure that they are all sterile or you will be getting a population explosion.

Years and years ago, someone said that if you want to catch a mouse, make a noise like cheese. There is your next generation project - a BasicStamp based Pied Piper. http://forums.parallax.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

G. Herzog in Taiwan

05-23-2005, 05:50 PM
That was done with the basic stamp???? IF thats true that is so cool