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Carnivorous Furniture Eats Insects and Vermin to Generate Energy

by , 02/14/11

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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?

+ Auger Loizeau

Via Pruned / NPR


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  1. aguaamazon July 4, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Their we go again.
    It can only be the British to come up with such innovative concept. Just imagine be able to enjoy Scotland without the midges. Visit a tropical country without be plastered with anti mosquitoes ointment and nets, malaria might change course. Just think of it.
    Hope we all can make use of it. We cannot use pesticide forever.Remember the bees and buterflies. That is a solution which one hopes can be understood and eventually accepted. On the other hand:
    Perhaps we can speculate even further with this principle. If eight flies can provide energy for 12 working days for a clock(size not specified). What if after death a 6ft person or a cat, dog? I wonder what the maths would be?
    A new burials era is on the pipeline.

  2. caeman February 14, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    THIS is the answer to New York’s energy needs, with all of the rats and cockroaches that live there.

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