You might could make one, but why bother. The cicada's defense
mechanism is that there are so many of them that it's predators get
tired of eating them. I believe it's called predator satiation. Your
robot could kill 24/7 and not make an appreiciable dent in the population.
chris in napa (thank God - I don't have to listen to cicadas :-))
Well, you can get an ER1. Then mount it on a base turret. Put a telephoto
lens on the webcam. Attach a BB gun with a large hopper of ammo and a
compressed air tank. It may be a good idea to use lead shot of the correct
size, rather than steel BBs to reduce ricochets and broken glass. Add
directional sound sensors with filters for frequency and loudness. Train it
to recognize the critters. Call it Bugsniper 2004, and maybe release a video
No, then you make a "lead pellet retrieval bot". As with any good
engineering project, a solution spawns a host of continuing commercial
applications to keep you in the money for decades. Remember Mr. Coffee?
And how about that product they attached to the side, "Mr. Fire
Sir Charles W. Shults III
Nope, I'm open minded. I didn't know about the powdered chitin being a
fat absorber though.
P.S. I'm really not trying to insult the original poster, it would be
interesting to kill insects by remote and if you succeeded the
pentagon would probably pay you a a few million for it.
Start now on a 102 month development program.
Aim for 100% overrun - about right for a s/w & h/w project.
<ducks and runs, grinning, knowing his little patch of SW London will remain
Remove my PANTS to reply.
Why? They'll all be dead in a month anyway.
Just enough time to knock together a prototype that you'll
stick in a closet for the next 17 years. A prototype that,
more than likely, will shoot just about everything _except_
cicadas. Not that there's anything wrong with that...
That would probably be the most effective tool, if each
individual cicada kept making noise for a long enough period.
From what I've been hearing this time around, though, most
individual calls don't last more than a couple of seconds.
Definitely need additional sensors, and some good signal
processing gear to filter out the background warble from the
other millions of cicadas in earshot.
Around here, they like to climb up on automobile tires.
So maybe the best robot-based approach is to let them come to you.
Put a robot SUV with monster truck tires near some trees,
and have it drive around the block every few hours.
Perhaps a noise cancelling bot might provide a better
solution unless their mere presence bothers you.
Perhaps you might consider electrified strips to
wrap around trees and stakes that you could put
out in your local area with the proper spacing so
that as they attempt to climb up them to escape
their larval exoskeleton they would complete a circuit
and be zapped sufficiently.
You might consider breeding and raising a very large
number of 'cicada killers' a very large wasp, about
two and half inches long, in preparation for 2021.
There might be some liability associated with the
potential danger involved in releasing them into
your local environment however.
Personally I found them quite charming when I was a
kid and got to enjoy their songs.
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