posted on Jun, 14 2010 @ 09:51 PM
they say the MIC (military industrial complex) is 40 years
ahead of us, i wonder where this sort of thing will lead?
you and your machine wack a deer and share it
the way primitive man did with his dog
mans best friend /most useful tool a machine?
Of the four groups, I was most interested in EcoBot, a project to create an autonomous machine that would take energy from its environment. Unlike
solar- and wind-powered devices, which are dependent upon the right environmental conditions, EcoBot would hunt down its own food, advancing robots on
from imitating plants to imitating animals. EcoBot-I was designed to hunt slugs, because, in Prof Alan Winfield’s words “Firstly, nobody likes
them, and secondly, they’re very slow”. The finished was almost primordial in design, with a long thin neck, large jaws, and a stout body (video).
This allowed it to hunt the ground for slug without having to move very often, saving energy. Contained within the tri-jaw was a camera and a red
light that would illuminate the slugs (which do not show up on infrared, as they take on the temperature of their environment). Having proved a robot
could predate efficiently, the next step was a robot that could digest the captured food
This is where it gets exciting. The black boxes arranged in a ring are microbial fuel cells – in essence, small stomachs that can digest organic
matter and produce electricity. Arranged in series, each generates a few microwatts of power, enough to fuel a simple brain and light-seeking
behaviour in EcoBot-II. The best food source for EcoBot-II turned out to be chitin – the principle protein polysaccharide found in the exoseletons
of insects. In fact, a single fly in each stomach is enough to power the robot for two weeks! Unfortunately, the waste products of digestion
eventually kill the essential bacteria in the fuel cells, rendering them useless.