This week’s curio: Urine-powered heart pump
This unique robot uses a heart-inspired pump to deliver urine to Microbial Fuel Cells that use live organisms to generate electricity. The energy derived from these cells in turn powers the pump, creating a sustainable loop of activity. The prototype’s creators, researchers at Bristol Robotics Laboratory, envision using similarly self-energizing devices to monitor polluted environments. According to BRL, urine is an exceptionally good microbial fuel source.
This week’s question:
How else could we re-imagine waste into productive material?
The Weekly Curio is a small morsel of design to whet your curiosity and stimulate wonder. Inspired by the intellectually striking objects found in Enlightenment-era Wunderkammern, a new intriguing trinket or beguiling bibelot will be published each week paired with a thought-provoking question.