An Ethical Vacuum Mousetrap?

Michael Colombo

In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens' educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program.

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By Michael Colombo

In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens' educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program.

469 Articles

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User Alan Perekh posted this on the Hacked Gadgets forum. He baited the business end of his Shop Vac with some peanut butter, and plugged into an IR motion sensor. Whenever a mouse comes by to check it out, the sensor is triggered and the little rodent gets sucked into the vacuum, presumably for remote release.

The idea is certainly novel, but is it ethical? The mouse appears unharmed in the holding container of the vacuum, but I wonder if these results can be reliably duplicated. Have an opinion? Share it in the comments section.

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