Okay, so it has to use human poop to attract the flies and it still can’t actually catch the flies – it has to have them fed to it’s little mouth – but all the same, the interesting parts of this equation are:

• it is self-powered
• it uses microbial fuel cells to generate its own electricity
• it stinks like poop so you’re probably not going to use one anytime soon.

Isn’t technology great? Imagine writing the grant application for this baby:

Applicant: “Okay we need ten million dollars because we are going to use human poop to attract flies to an artificial venus fly-trip thingy that will swallow and digest the flies, which it will then use for energy.”

Department of Homeland Silliness: “Does it counter terrorism? Can you attract terrorist flies? Or can it digest terrorists? Or can you use terrorist poop?”

Applicant: “Ummmmmmm……sure……..yeah…….I’m positive it can do some of those things.”

DHS: “Right, here’s twenty million and let me know if you need more.”