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Introduction

The award winning designers and researchers, James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau, have designed five domestic robot prototypes, each with their own unique functions. Perhaps somewhat unconventional, their genius is directed into the role of science and technology, involving new and existing products and services.

Specific technologies

Fly stealing robot - This robot attracts arachnids to build a web within it's armature. Flies that become trapped in the web are tracked by a camera. The robotic arm then moves over the dead fly, picks it up and drops it into the microbial fuel cell. Fly-paper robotic clock - This robot uses flypaper on a roller mechanism to entrap insects. As the flypaper passes over a blade, trapped insects are felled into a microbial fuel cell, which generates electricity is generated to power a small LCD clock. Lampshade robot - Flies and moths are attracted to this lamp shade that has holes in it. The insets are attracted to it and are trapped, where they fall into the microbial fuel cell underneath. This generates electricity to power the lamp. UV fly killer parasite - A microbial fuel cell is designed underneath an ultra violet fly killer. When the fly expires, it falls into the fuel cell generating electricity that is stored in the capacitor bank.

Further Details

These robots are not powered by electricity, batteries, the sun, or the wind, instead they are interestingly powered by microbial fuel cells. These designs and their fuel cells, catch flying insects and digests them to produce it power source. The “mousetrap coffee table robot” is another one of their robots, which is the domestic operational design, that has divided the scientific, artistic, and ethical population. The mousetrap robot is called the “carnivorous domestic entertainment robot,” that is designed to fit into homes. They are all designed to fit comfortably into any residential setting, in the form of fashionable furniture and household accessories that have a daily function. The mousetrap coffee table robot is meant to influence a better, yet darker feature of rodent entrapment, into a normal characterized relationship and is to be considered a part of nature.

Mousetrap Coffee Table Robot

The mousetrap coffee table robot works as follows – food crumbs are used to lure an uninvited mouse or an intrusive rat onto the customized designed coffee table. In the center of the table is the trap funnel door, which, when triggered by the rodent, through its motion sensors, allows a trap funnel door to open and entrap the rodent. Once it has died, just like a mouse trap, the chemicals begin to work and the microbial fuel cells finishes the job. Yes, we are talking about using a deceased rodent or insect to generate energy. For inquiries about how you will know when a rodent has been caught – there is a light on the side of this device which lets the owner know how much energy is being produced by the auto-extermination. Why the carnivorous domestic entertainment robot is designed in a table is a question to ask the designers. It is believed more that since the researchers work at the Royal Academy of Art in London, that they are trying to make robotic ideas a conversion from the lab into our homes. The customized coffee table does not have to placed in the center of a room, it can be placed anywhere, because you don't want to freak out any guests that are invited into your home. An additional query about the coffee table mouse trap, is what if my tiny dog jumped up on the table, how would it distinguish between a rodent or my pet. For one thing, the funnel trap door is only large enough for a field mouse or rat, but you may have to watch your child's hampster. Both designers, Loizeau and Auger's aim is to introduce adaptive concepts of robotics into our daily living environment with robots that can more cleanly take care of chores that we are plagued with. No more spraying harmful chemicals to kill flies or other annoying insects and no more removing nearly beheaded rodents from spring traps, instead, owners of the carnivorous domestic entertainment robot will never see the entrapped rodent. Auger and Loizeau are by no means anti rodent type pets, as a matter of fact they find the field of augmented animals very intriguing and would support any designs, like the possibility of hyping a rodent's vision with specially designed night vision goggles.

Microbial Fuel Cell

A microbial fuel cell is the latest technology in an alternative energy source. From penicilin to cable TV, technology that was considered dangerous and unknown, has made way for this type of research that is based on the study of bacteria. The engineering and science collaboration on bacteria, fueled the robotic designs of the coffee table mouse catcher. It is a known fact that bacteria degreades organic material and converts it into energy. This same principle is what the robotic rodent entertainment trap is based on. Fuel alternatives is an ongoing project, especially electrical energy because of the high demands on its use, which is becoming greater, and this reason developed the concept of breaking down dead pests and turning them into fuel for an energy run tomorrow.

Ethical Concerns

Yes, the outcry of using this robotic device may seem repulsive and inhumane, but wild rodents can carry deadly disease and for rural communities, this device would make a remarkable healthy difference. Its by-product would keep this coffee table robot, fueled for life, as well as its use in the future for fueling a TV, an entertainment unit, an appliance, or other energy sources. Auger and Loizeau are simplifying a well known motto “ waste not, want not.” The carnivorous domestic entertainment robot simply recycles life and gives its energy back to nature. The insertion of “entertainment” in its name, is in part, given only as an appeasement to a saleable community. Entertainment robots is a broad category which contains toy robots, all the way up to articulated robot arms. We presently enjoy robots in our home to vacuum our floors (Roomba) and to act as pets (Sony's AIBO), but catching rodents, albeit their disturbing existence, and using them for energy, is an idea that will take a little time to adjust to.

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