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Scientists have taken one step closer to creating a truly autonomous waste-driven robot by building an artificial heart capable of pumping urine into the machine's bacterially-driven "engine room". The "EcoBot" is powered by "electricity-generating microbial fuel cells that employ live microorganisms to digest waste organic …

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Terminator

I was going to make a "Spare some piss guv?" joke

But not after seeing the bots eating dead flies, If we're building robots that can power themselves from decaying meat then this shit isn't funny anymore.

The concept of killer cannibal robots is way scarier than rootin' tootin' shootin' terminators.

icon - "nom nom nom"

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Re: I was going to make a "Spare some piss guv?" joke

Technically they wouldn't be cannibals unless they dined on other robots but otherwise I agree. I hope any such "mobile, distributed sensor network" doesn't become a "mobile, disgruntled sensor network".

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Re: I was going to make a "Spare some piss guv?" joke

You could have gone with "Spare a penny, guv?"

Or is that just a UK-ism?

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Re: I was going to make a "Spare some piss guv?" joke

"or act en masse as a "mobile, distributed sensor network". "

should read

or act en masse as a "mobile, distributed human flesh-eating network of sado-murder machines".

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Re: I was going to make a "Spare some piss guv?" joke

Don't take the piss out it ...

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Re: I was going to make a "Spare some piss guv?" joke

My old university lecturer in robotics once made a slug eating robot, if I remember how he described it right, it caught slugs in the garden, then returned slugs to a digester that created power to recharge slug bot

Although robots that fuel themselves on waste.. why not? would make landfills a thing of the past we would hope.. waste powered robots eating the trash....

I am waiting for a mr fusion to power my house...

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Reminds me of the Brittas Empire where Colin builds a generator that takes "Waste matter and converts into Domestic Voltage"! (Cue thunderclap)

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Anyone else

think that looks almost like a stripped Dalek? Certainly you could fit one into the 'body' of one and have space sufficient for the control hardware...

and it'd explain why they're always wet and slimy- perpetual golden showers would do that to anything!

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Bwahha=ha-ha-ha!!

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Stripped Dalek? When I read that I immediately thought of Baron Vladimir Harkonnen (played by Kenneth McMillan in the Dune film) - big fat bloke, needed anti-gravity kit to move around.

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Fred 2-L

I was hoping for something more along the lines of Ro-Jaws.

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Re: Fred 2-L

Yes, but surely it's just a matter of time?

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A new vision of 'The Matrix'

Think rows and rows of catheterized humans. The Matrix: taking the piss since 2013.

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"After publication, Dr Ioannis Ieropoulos from the BRL got in touch to clarify: "The EcoBot line of work developed at BRL has always had the benevolent waste utilisation in mind, and so when these self-sustainable robots are being developed, the main target application is remote area access, where it would be lethal, impossible or undesirable for humans to go. This has been at the core of the research and any association with the science-fiction imaginative robots [to which] you refer would be inaccurate.""

Well, he would say that, wouldn't he! That's what they said about Skynet.....

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If it is intended to work in remote areas where humans can't go, what is the point in making it human (urine) powered? Serious question.

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Bootnote

Don't worry Dr Ioannis Ieropoulos El Reg's piss taking is entirely harmless... much like your robots... we hope.

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Oh Yes....

....it's all laughs and titters until they start ripping meat bags apart to get at their bladders.

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Terminator power source

Beat human up

Point Ginourmous f***-off gun at human's head

(human pisses himself)

"I need your clothes, your boots..."

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Re: "I need your clothes, your boots..."

And a urine sample.

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"Damn battery's dead again. Piss on it."

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Fatal attraction

So, they need a something to attract flies -- I'm not sure I'd want to be near something smelling like a large tropical flower

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Terminator

Future history book:

"And so when the robot apocolypse came there was one group of robots who insisted on keeping a few humans alive and well hydrated."

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Has to be done!

“I, for one, welcome our new urine drinking overlords”

Cool edit features (if you are quick off the mark) thanks!

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Well, at least we know the future's golden...

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People you're not thinking *big* enough.

The Tesla "U" Class has arrived.

Long range, nippy acceleration and easy refueling.

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Beer anyone?

So our robot overlords will force feed us beer.....hmmmm

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Your Urine Or Your Life!

Or both, maybe. First you piss here, then I eat you.

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Energy from urine?

The New York subway system becomes self sustaining.

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Re: Energy from urine?

Should also work for the new Milton Keynes self-driving cabs.

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Street Lamps

Think of the energy savings if all of the street lamps within a few blocks radius of your favourite drinking establishment are converted to this tech.

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When the thing breaks down...

... will it be disposed of in line with WEEE regulations?

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