EcoBot-III Runs On Human Excrement!

Posted 8 Feb 2012 at 15:01 UTC (updated 8 Feb 2012 at 15:57 UTC) by The Swirling Brain Share This

I imagine a brilliant scientist somewhere was thinking of what he could do one day and came up with: I think I'll make a robot that runs on human excrement, then craps into a litter box. And there you have it, the EcoBot-III. Thanks to funding from Bill and Melinda Gates, you know of Microsoft, researchers at Bristol Robotics Laboratory gave EcoBot-III sensors to move itself towards food, water or light which it consumes and then poops out the waste. Like don't stand in the light, swim or smell tasty. Previous versions ran on other bio material like dead flies or sugar which were processed through the MFC or Microbial Fuel Cell which uses e-coli bacteria to turn the bio matter into electricity. The software and sensors monitor the digestive system and can wirelessly report on its surroundings.

Ann odd choice, though maybe useful., posted 12 Feb 2012 at 05:25 UTC by MDude » (Journeyer)

A robot that runs on human excrement could easily follow us to remote places without having to compete with us for resources. Though if it's going to use a litter box, I'd rather have it clean that out and move the contents to the toilet. And maybe clean up stray hairballs/regurgitated cat food around the house while it's at it.

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