If you thought that was barbaric, their next design is sure to turn the stomach – the mousetrap coffee table. The design features a leg with a hole that encourages mice to climb up to the tabletop. Once there, sensors detect that a mouse is standing on the trapdoor in the center, and a door opens. The mouse then falls to its death into a microbial fuel cell housed underneath, where it gets digested and converted into energy to power the table’s electronic parts. Co-designer Professor Chris Melhuish, of Bristol Robotics said of their designs, “We want robots to be able to get their own energy from the environment.” Just as long as they stick to rats and flies and don’t move onto humans – I’m fine with that.
So where do you stand? Are these edgy examples of green design that also sort out unwanted vermin — or horrific furnishings that belong in a haunted house rather than a home?