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Offline chelmiTopic starter

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Carnivorous Robots
« on: January 30, 2009, 06:14:48 PM »
http://www.materialbeliefs.com/prototypes/cder.php#theme1

Robots who trap flies and mice to produce power. Amazing!

I know what power source to use for my next project :p

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Re: Carnivorous Robots
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2009, 01:05:47 AM »
thats inventive, maybe a bit gross but still creative way to do things.
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Re: Carnivorous Robots
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2009, 11:29:46 AM »
Wow, not a bad idea! I Agree its extremely inventive.

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Re: Carnivorous Robots
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2009, 11:59:06 AM »
All of these "robots" seem to use something called a "microbial fuel cell"; apparently a device that "digests" organic matter (whole organisims) into simpler compounds, resulting in a gain energy.  Scary thing is that it "digests" an entire mouse...  O.o  :o

I would like to hear more about this device; it's interesting and creepy at the same time (imagine a giant one, in which a human falls into it...).
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Re: Carnivorous Robots
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2009, 02:12:08 AM »
Not as amazing as they've written it . . .

The idea is a decade old:
http://www.wired.com/gadgets/miscellaneous/news/2001/10/47156 (has a video)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/1542588.stm

And there are many problems with it:
- bacteria will drown in their own waste if the robot doesn't 'poop'
- sugar and other nutrients need to be added
- temperature control needed

And digesting a mouse like this won't happen. Digestion requires a *lot* of energy. This is why humans cook their food and chew before swallowing - much more efficient than pure chemical digestion.

And don't forget about the smell coming from these robots ;)

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Re: Carnivorous Robots
« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2009, 10:01:40 AM »
With this kind of technology whats next?

Human bodies?

What is the Matrix?

 


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