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This prototype clock from UK designers James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau is powered by a microbial fuel cell. It features a conveyor belt of flypaper that attracts flies and drops their bodies into the fuel cell. Depending on the available fly supply, the process can generate enough power to sustain itself and power a digital clock, as well. [via Boing Boing]

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Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


  • http://twitter.com/Addidis Addidis

    Some things immediately bring to mind that picture of two hands drawing each other. Self powered bug zapper plus a clock for the win :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500671262 Andrew Sayler

    Maybe this is a bad feature to include on robots with advanced AI….did anyone see The Matrix?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q6CMNEMHD4Q4QUFMLMRJDEIWBA Alan

    That must have been a tough project to debug.

    • http://smragan.com Sean Michael Ragan

      Magnificent.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dimitri.ponirakis Dimitri Ponirakis

    I want a fly fuel cell for my iphone!

    • Daniel Kim

      It’s more likely that your iPhone would power itself by piercing your skin and drinking your blood while you hold it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.ely Robert Ely

    The Matrix: Now a cautionary tale.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jill-Hogan/618194877 Jill Hogan

    Now how about this for renewable energy, Thanks Duncan

  • Anonymous

    Would be perfect if they find a way to attract mosquitoes as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=559218826 Robert Alvarez

    Awesome!

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