LCD Clock Powered By Flies

LCD Clock Powered By Flies

Robotics designers James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau continue to develop machines powered by biomechanical digestive systems.

Kyle Studstill
  • 8 february 2011

Earlier last year, PSFK covered the emergence of machines powered by bio-mechanical digestion systems, featuring the Ecobot II robot that was sustained by consuming flies in “Robot Has A Human-Like Digestive System.” Continuing their nature-inspired work, the same UK-based designers James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau have now developed an LCD clock powered by the chemical reactions generated by breaking down a fly’s soft tissues. The clock features a long strip of flypaper that feeds into a microbial fuel cell, which operates by capturing electrons from bacteria that break down biological tissue. Ultimately the team’s goal is to create a foundation for machines that can potentially power themselves through more natural resources, without relying on electrical power.

Watch a video explanation below:


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