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This nifty, battery-powered flyswatters handle contains motion sensors and digital imaging electronics. The flat, swatter part is really a transparent LCD, displaying a full size, flat, swatter part.
As one gently swats (no need for speed) at a pesky insect, the swatter measures the swing velocity
and shows correctly timed images of a diminishing flyswatter. The bug eyes, eyeing the threatening square, will see it as a stationary or receding object, leading to a stunned, non-squashed six-footer.
Little old ladies, animal lovers and The Fly moviegoers are sure to appreciate this quaggy weapon of Muscidae destruction. The next project for application of this technique is sock-a-sucker boxing gloves.
http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99993870 [pluterday, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]
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||Heh! Running through a visual of your sock-a-sucker boxing
gloves, I actually flinched!
||<silly aside> I'd love to have a "tommy hilfiger" styled t-
shirt that reads;
||<obligatory original 'The Fly' post> 'Help me!'
||Of all your crazy ideas - I think I like this one best.
||I love it =) All that technology just to intellectually outwit a little fly. +
||One could also offer a line of other image modules, incl.
the 'smitten dreamy loverfly' (perhaps with included
pheromone jet), the 'levitating virgin dog turd' (perhaps
with included volatile sulfur compound jet), the 'playful
but surely inept hand-wielded newspaper', the 'horse's
ass', the 'fully Murphy's-legal falling jam-slathered
piece of toast', and, for nocturnal bugs, the 'full
moon/Dr. Mesmer's near-ultraviolet porchlamp' (hey, lcd's
are already well-polarized!).
||The same technology could cover
the front of a moving bus. +
||[Jinbish] Its not such a crazy idea, its what dragonflies dosee the link on motion camouflage.