Intellectual ventures resurrected the idea of using lasers to kill mosquitoes and now has a working prototype. So if you want a cheaper laser option you might want to get safety goggles to be safe.
Although originally introduced in the early 1980s the idea was not substantially researched until decades later.
Laser mosquito killer. In 2007 the bill melinda gates foundation requested intellectual ventures llc to find a way to fight and eventually end malaria. While this might seem like a cool straight out of star wars solution against a pest problem. The photonic fence also known as mosquito laser is an ingenious invention devised by intellectual ventures in an effort to eradicate malaria one of the world s deadliest diseases.
The mosquito laser is a device invented by astrophysicist lowell wood to kill large numbers of mosquitoes to reduce malaria infection rates. A new laser system can kill mosquitoes without harming other insects as shown in slowmotion video. There are near infrared fiber lasers and ultraviolet lasers that are eye safe but these are high priced too.
The device was built to detect mosquitoes carriers of malaria and eliminate them using a concentrated beam of laser. Unfortunately eye safe lasers that are powerful enough to kill mosquitoes are quite costly. Once the machine recognizes a mosquito or other insect it alerts a stronger green laser that zaps the airborne animal for quarter of a second disabling or killing them.
It s all part of the effort to combat malaria.