The Electric Commentary

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Robot generates power by eating living things

British scientists are developing a robot that generates 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.

If it works for flies, why not chipmunks? Or poor people? Maybe this wasn't so far-fetched.

Hat tip to Marginal Revolution.


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