Robo-exterminator is termite's nightmare

'Termibot' goes where you don't want to

Gizmag

We love those indefatigable cleaning twins, the " Roomba " and " Scooba ," but they're yesterday's news. The " LawnBott "? It's OK, but we just can't get all that excited about cutting grass. But a gadget that seeks out and kills termites--now that's our kinda house-bot.

The "Termibot" uses video and thermal-imaging cameras to detect the presence of a nest and then blasts its hapless inhabitants with pesticides, all without the need to tear down walls. The current version, which Gizmag says is scheduled for release this year, uses a long cable but is likely to go wireless later on.

This robo-exterminator's targets aren't confined to termites, by the way. But no, its definition of domestic pests doesn't include humans.

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