Free ranging fish tanks! All over the building!
It’s a straightforward gadget: a camera senses the location of the fish in the tank, and uses that to control the steering. Zebrafish are schooling animals, so it would be cool to see them coordinating in mass formations dominating all the open spaces in the building.
Except for the stairs. Stairs would be most uncool.
“Except for the stairs. Stairs would be most uncool.”
Just give it time. Daleks had trouble with stairs too.
Derek Vandivere says
The fish have been armed: http://sploid.gizmodo.com/a-goldfish-controlled-hammer-is-scarier-than-jaws-1795964879
Oh that’s just great! Mobility is the first step towards total world domination by the fish. Well, that and opposable thumbs and brains larger than a grain of sand. Oh, and the ability to breathe air. They aren’t there yet but it’s happened once before…
Damn you, Carnegie Mellon! Damn you to hell!
A little more equipment and software, and you can have the Jaws theme play as the tanks slowly come up behind busy, distracted humans.
Snarki, child of Loki says
We’re going to be needing more of these for our aquatic overlords from Zeta Reticulon 7, you know.
Sarah A says
They called me mad, but they’ll see! THEY’LL ALL SEE!!!! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!
Suddenly I feel as though we wasted a lot of time and effort evolving to walk on land.
SCUBA gear for fish! (er…SCABA?)
There are a *lot* fo cool Raspberry Pi driven projects. Quite a few people are using Pis to control various aspects of aquarium management. Probably worth looking into for your lab….
For those unfamiliar with the Pi, it’s an inexpensive ($35 for the top model) Single Board Computer. The usual OS to run is a distro of Linux. The organization behind it–the Raspberry Pi Foundation–is a UK charity with a goal of promoting computing knowledge for children. The Pis have been adopted by the maker/DIY/tinkerer communities (and industrial/embedded as well) with glad cries of glee. Since the initial launch in 2012, about 13 million Pis have sold. Having passed the number of Commodore computers sold, the Pi is the third largest volume computer line in history, beaten out only by the Mac and PC.
I have the minor problem that I’ve lost track of how many Pis I have. I believe the total is upwards of 30. My “most used” one is my alarm clock…
Professor Wornstrom did it first
I saw the fish hammer on unstructables this morning the article before the actual how I did it is very droll. I immediately thought of changing it to have hammer strike tuned metal bars to make fish music.
Dark Jaguar says
That tank better have a nice safe dead zone in the middle so the fish can comfortably move around without moving the tank. Otherwise, this is some sort of moist nightmare.
Land shar…err, gold fish?
I keep thinking this is a metaphor for my life.
Be afraid! bwahahaha!! :
I for one look forward to our fishy overlords…oh dear, shades of Cthulhu
Robert Westbrook says
Is there any way to incorporate your quadcopter into this setup? Fish-controlled drones!
I hope you aren’t wasting tax payers money on this! To clarify, you should TOTALLY ‘waste’ tax payers money on this.
WMDKitty -- Survivor says
Today, fish tanks; tomorrow motorized wheelchairs!
The possibilities for adaptive technology are nearly endless!
I, for one, would like welcome our new fish overlords. I’d like to point out that I’d make an excellent overseer, due to my communications skills and burliness, in the coming intensive worm and insect factory farms. Hail fish!
Ah! The zebrafish version of this:
Chakat Firepaw says
We see here an early test of Dr. Ghoti’s “Tank of Land Dweller Doom!”, shortly before Captain Squid apprehended him for the first time.
I see what you did there.