Friday, July 3, 2009

Time to die

It is not enough that we get fed with stories of robots taking over the world, chanting "The humans are dead", now we've adapted them with the ability to extract fuel from the very nectar of life. The Matrix comes to mind. _shudders_

The once thought innocent experimentation with fuel cells that run on blood has led to this, a flesh-eating clock. This prototype time-piece from UK-based designers James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau traps insects on flypaper stretched across its roller system before depositing them into a vat of bacteria which acts as a digestion system that produces enough energy to run the clock. Imaging how much power could be generated on a cow farm.

Alternative designs consist of, one fueled by mice, another whose robotic arm plucks insect-fuel from spider webs with the help of a video camera, and a lamp powered by insects lured to their deaths with ultraviolet LEDs.

Some call this Eco friendly, but this "death clock" sure scares the hell out of me. What if someone gets stuck in the trap and the clock likes the taste of human? Enough said


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