The Way to Robot Vampires

The results of this research should open the pathway to a bleak future for humanity – blood-sucking vampire robots that use blood to power their fuel cells!

Anyone want to buy my idea and produce a horror movie? :P

Tokyo – A Japanese research team has developed a fuel cell that runs on blood without using toxic substances, opening the way for use in artificial hearts and other organs.

The biological fuel cell uses glucose, a sugar in blood, with a non-toxic substance used to draw electrons from glucose, said the team led by Matsuhiko Nishizawa, bio-engineering professor at the graduate school of state-run Tohoku University.

“Since the electron mediator is based on Vitamin K3, which exists in human bodies, it excels in safety and could in the future generate power from blood as an implant-type fuel cell,” the group said in a statement.

Most other bio-fuel cells under study use a metal complex, spawning concern about harm if used for implants.

The newly developed cell in the size of a tiny coin is able to generate 0,2 milliwatts of electricity, enough to power a device that measures blood sugar level and transmits data elsewhere, the group said. – Sapa-AFP

Source: New fuel cell opens way for artificial hearts

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After dabbling for years in the IT industry, Paul Tan initially began this site as a general blog covering various topics of personal interest. With an increasing number of readers paying rapt attention to the motoring stories, one thing led to another and the rest, as they say, is history.



  • They should have a built-in safety measure, like programming all such bots to be allergic to garlic.

    OK, or some other more fail-proof measure like a self-shut-down routine on human commands. But the garlic thing lets me potentially write a movie script. (Everyone knows they can write a more realistic script than 70% of all Hong Kong scriptwriters.)

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  • OuiOui on May 17, 2005 at 4:39 am

    I hope animal blood that is!

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