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smelly robot eats flies to generate its own power>>>>>

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by Pfffffffffft, Sep 8, 2004.

  1. Pfffffffffft

    Pfffffffffft Moderator Crew

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    Sept. 8, 2004 — LONDON (Reuters) - British scientists are developing a robot that will generate its own power by eating flies.
    The idea is to produce electricity by catching flies and digesting them in special fuel cells that will break down sugar in the insects' skeletons and release electrons that will drive an electric current.






    "Called EcoBot II, the robot is part of a drive to make "release and forget" robots that can be sent into dangerous or inhospitable areas to carry our remote industrial or military monitoring of, say, temperature or toxic gas concentrations," New Scientist magazine said on Wednesday.

    Chris Melhuish and his team, who are developing the robot, have to manually feed the flies to EcoBot II because they are still designing some type of pump to suck the insects into it.

    "One of the great things about flies is that you can get them to come to you," he said.

    Hence the downside of the fully autonomous robot: it will have to use sewage or excrement to attract the flies and is bound to smell appalling.


    http://abcnews.go.com/wire/US/reuters20040908_362.html
     
  2. why write?

    why write? Veteran Member

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    whoa thats pretty crazy...
     
  3. johnny

    johnny Dirty Dozen Crew

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    matrix here we come!!
     
  4. nomadawhat

    nomadawhat Veteran Member

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    so wait..these scientist have created a fucking robot that can power itself off the sugar from a flys skeleton....but they can't figure out how to get the thing to attract/catch it own flies??? i think that would be the easy part. why don't they jsut attach a fucking cage of flies to the fucking thing??
     
  5. Brewster Baker

    Brewster Baker 12oz Loyalist

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    johnny 5 niggah
     
  6. Are you serious? Think about what you're saying. The spatial awareness, visual acuity, and mechanical ability necessary to catch a fly is WAAAAAAAAAY more complex to engineer than a chemical process to extract electrons from sugar in organic tissue.

    Oh, and you guys are late. I poted a link to SlugBot and EcoBot One like a month ago. Ask Glik0.
     
  7. T.T Boy

    T.T Boy Dirty Dozen Crew

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  8. Drunk Sober

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    being that flies lay eggs and maggots hatch within 48 hours or some shit, they could incorporate some roadkill into the process to supply the flies. The robot could pick up some rotten food ,or anything rotten, and generate it's own flies.


    **I wasn't sure who tubgirl was so I opened in a new window. Ummm, I didn't need to see that a second time! Hey, there's the fuel to attract the flies though!!**
     
  9. nomadawhat

    nomadawhat Veteran Member

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    maybe they are aiming too high with its fly catching technique:

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  10. crave

    crave Veteran Member

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    i hate flies.

    the flies are so bad where i'm at they wouldn't even need to attempt to catch them. all they'd have to do is put that robot in the corner and wait.
     
  11. Pfffffffffft

    Pfffffffffft Moderator Crew

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    ^^^^cravester.. im still waiting on those digi flicks from where you are stationed....

    flick those flies too...

    and why do you have flies around your base?
    its pretty sanitary right?
     
  12. StarzAbove

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    TheoHuxtab|e Banned

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    "That's fucking awesome."
     
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