Scientists from the University of Michigan's College of Engineering have developed a prototype insect cyborg with an eye to one day using electricity-generating six-legged critters to venture forth into potentially hazardous environments. The piezoelectric beetle. Pic: The University of Michigan College of Engineering Professor …
No thats no good. Its never going to generate enough to power a laser beam.
Yeah, but ten thousand piezoelectric cyborg beetles strapped to the back of a shark...
Perhaps not on a beetle, but scaled up to shark proportions it just might be the power supply we are all looking for.
Patience, they're building up to the tail-powered laser shark version...
Maybe we will get "The Green Brain" instead of robot overlords.
So, how many of these tethered bugs will be required to power a medium sized town?
If it's a large town, maybe they'll attach the generators to pigeons.
Aww, poor little mite
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Ah... to be a fly on the wall at the University of Michigan College Engineering department!
Er... that's the University of Michigan's College of Engineering (which in turn contains various departments). The "College Engineering department" is presumably where you'd be tenured if you specialized in creating colleges. And we have not yet succeeded in miniaturizing colleges to the point where they can be attached to beetles (or conversely, sufficiently enlarging beetles).
Though I understand U of Phoenix is working on it.
At the risk of anthropomorphism
Isn't it a bit mean on the bugs?
I had images of a beetle flying round the room like a falcon on a leash.
Why bother with bugs when you could just send Lewis Page into the reactor core.
Apparently, he is immune to the effects of radiation.
Every advance in military hardware soon engenders a counter
In this case just a can of bug spray or a fly-swatter...
We've taken robots and insects, the top 2 candidates in "species most likely to outlast and/or overturn t.h human race" , and we've combined them together.
Not a smart move
No one expects the exploding assassin wasp cyborg inquisition!
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