Forget chemistry sets – the next generation of amateur scientists will be plumbing the mysteries of the brain. The SpikerBox kit (about R800 from Amazon), developed by neuroscientists Greg Gage and Tim Marzullo, allows users to amplify and listen to neurons firing in invertebrates such as crickets and cockroaches. When connected to a smartphone,
the kit can record and graph how the nerve signals respond to touch, temperature and other senses. Backyard Brains, the company behind the SpikerBox, has also introduced Robo-Roach (R800), which allows home users to surgically modify a cockroach to turn left or right in response to electrical pulses.
VIDEO: SpikerBox commercial