February 14, 2010

Mosquitoe Killing Laser System

TECHNOLOGY - This is quite possibly one of the best inventions ever made, especially if you really hate mosquitoes.

On Friday a group of scientists revealed their new invention, a "Death Star" of sorts that uses flashlights, a zoom camera lens, a computer and a laser. The flashlights track the bugs, the camera lens targets them and the computer calculates their location. The laser then aims and invisibly zaps the mosquitoe's wings off. See the video below.

Intellectual Ventures’ demonstrated the rapid-fire attack on mosquitoes in a video presented in Palm Springs, California. The goal of the device is to combat mosquito-borne malaria which kills over 1 million people every year. The company hopes to make smaller versions for cottagers.

The device has been perfected so it only targets female mosquitoes (the kind that feed on humans) and doesn't attack larger insects like butterflies. Furthermore the device is reasonably inexpensive, making it ideal for impoverished countries.

The laser is so fast it can shoot down 50 to 100 mosquitoes per second, or approx. 2 million mosquitoes in an 8 hour period.

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