Sep 15, 2004

 
 
Self-sustaining killer robot creates a stink

 
15:13 09 September 04
 
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It may eat flies and stink to high heaven, but if this robot works, it will be an important step towards making robots fully autonomous.

To survive without human help, a robot needs to be able to generate its own energy. So Chris Melhuish and his team of robotics experts at the University of the West of England in Bristol are developing a robot that catches flies and digests them in a special reactor cell that generates electricity.

 
 
So what is the downside? The robot will most likely have to attract the hapless flies by using a stinking lure concocted from human excrement.

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