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    • CommentTimeJan 25th 2010
    Mind: blown

    The usual chain of events when a fly enters the house goes like this. The fly is spotted. The swatter comes out, then smacks down. The smushed fly is flicked into the garbage can with an accompanying nose-wrinkle of disgust.

    End of story.

    But what if your clock could catch the fly and digest it into fuel to power itself? Would that be cool? Efficient? Or just plain disgusting?

    The carnivorous clock exists. It was created by U.K.-based designers Jimmy Loizeau and James Auger. And while it hasn't created the same kind of buzz as this week's expected unveiling of a tablet device by Apple Computer, it uses some pretty edgy technology.

    The unusual timepiece was one of a series of designs released last year to get the public's mental gears going about green technology and what people want and expect from it. A step up from the clock is a coffee table that catches mice and, like the clock, uses a microbial fuel cell to digest them and produce energy.
    • CommentAuthorVerissimus
    • CommentTimeJan 25th 2010
    I did have a feeling that my clock had been following my movements lately...

    ...could it be that it is hungry??
    • CommentTimeJan 25th 2010
    I'm just counting the moments until "Terminator: Zombie War."
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    Oh I wants one, I wants one... I want a carnivourous clock so much it hurts. I might start feeding flies to my laptop just to see if it gets the hint. Fuck, the natural extension of this is a real life Wasp Factory.

    Or a car that runs off DOGS...
    • CommentTimeJan 25th 2010
    I want one so it could help me with the bug populations in my apartment.

    This is also why I'm getting a pet lizard.
    • CommentTimeJan 25th 2010
    Or a car that runs off DOGS...

    Omnivorous automobiles. That would give a whole new slant on the idea of horsepower, wouldn't it?
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    How about a subway car that runs off dogs? Cross-posting opportunities with the Moscow Subway thread?
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    Talking to a friend about this, how it could esculate. Underground trains that run on rodents. Buses that run on stray dogs, then what if the goverment came on telly and said
    "We can send a man to mars, but we will need to consume 20,000 hoboes to do it."
    The next day the streets are empty.

    Welcome to our green efficient carnivorous future.

    The slogan "Eat the rich" will take on new meaning as people grab bankers to feed to their generators so they can power their laptops, looking at a live feed of the spaceman as he settles down on Mars, feeding the last of his "space-companions" into the landing fuel tank.
    • CommentAuthorVox Doom
    • CommentTimeJan 26th 2010
    God damn it, I totally misread the word 'clock'.

    Image. Do not want.