‘Cockroach death ray’ is an AI laser turret wipes out creepy-crawlies with ease

Household pests could become a thing of a past, thanks to AI-powered laser weaponry.

A team of researchers has created a laser device which can automatically detect cockroaches and zap them with ease, in an attempt to create a 'highly accurate' pest control system.

According to Ildar Rakhmatulin, who led the research, his device uses machine learning to 'deter' and 'neutralise' the famously tenacious pests from up to 1.2 meters away.

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Ildar said he worked out a way to scare cockroaches away using low-powered lasers, and even wiping them out using higher-energy zaps.

Most terrifying of all is the fact that he made the technology open-source, which means anyone can use it and adapt it. Ildar claims that some people have already tried using it against other insects such as hornets.

He told VICE: "I use very cheap hardware and cheap technology and it's open source. All sources are uploaded in my GitHub and see how to do it and use it.

"If it can damage cockroaches, it can also damage other pests in agriculture."

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That means that similar laser weapons could one day be used to protect crops from bugs, without the need to spray them with pesticides—although we are a very long way off from that becoming a reality.

Ildar added that you shouldn't try it at home just yet. "It's not recommended because it's a little dangerous. Lasers can damage not only cockroaches but your eyes."

This is yet another major technological advance centred around cockroaches. Earlier this month, scientists revealed they had created robotic remote-controlled cockroaches which they claim could one day rescue earthquake survivors from collapsed buildings.


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