Bug-powered LED Clock

by Mark R

flypaperup-thumb-500x375-20007We have covered a lot of clocks in the past. Some of them are solar powered, some run on water, but this is the first time that I have ever seen bug power.

That’s right, someone has actually invented a carnivorous alarm clock that works like a Venus Fly Trap. It works with a conveyor belt of flypaper that takes a captured fly and drops them into a microbial fuel cell. This dead bug is digested by bacteria, then there is a chemical change that can somehow power the clock.

I’m surprised that I haven’t heard about bug power before, as roach motels could be turned into batteries and hanging flypaper could be turned into chandeliers. Right now, I am living in a place that is full of flies, and I could use a device like this.

In all honesty, why stop with bugs? Apparently it is the protein that the bug-powered clock wants, and so I guess all animals could be used for electric power. Imagine eating a KFC bucket and throwing the bones in the protein power generator.

I can’t help but think that this is reminiscent of a Star Trek episode where the Enterprise lands on a planet that feeds off everything living aboard the ship. Yeah, I’m often disturbed at the thought that human beings could be the next fossil fuels.


6 reviews or comments

Peter Buck Says: June 30, 2009 at 6:10 am

Let’s start simply. How about a bug-powered bug trap? Mosquito traps require heat, air flow, and the release of CO2. Could this bug digester provide those, and so become suitable for deployment far from support services?

Isaac Says: June 30, 2009 at 9:15 am

Totally “Back to the Future” part 2. Mr. Fusion Home Energy Reactor.
I guess we aren’t up to powering a time traveling DeLorean yet, but still this is big news. It would b e nice to be able to turn the waste that isn’t home compost-able into something more useful than a smelly bag to leave on the curb, and then into a landfill.

will Says: July 30, 2009 at 8:43 pm

how can we be fossil fuels? we’re renewable!

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