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Robot eats slugs to generate power

By Graeme Wearden Scientists are close to releasing a commerical model of a slug-hunting robot that is powered by the slimy creatures it catches. The four-wheeled SlugBot uses image sensors to tell the difference between slugs, snails and worms, and then picks up the prey with its claw arm. Researchers at the University of the West of England in Bristol have spent just under $300,000 to develop SlugBot. Commercial models, when available, are expected to sell for around $1,400. Staff writer Graeme Wearden reported from London.

By Graeme Wearden

Scientists are close to releasing a commerical model of a slug-hunting robot that is powered by the slimy creatures it catches. The four-wheeled SlugBot uses image sensors to tell the difference between slugs, snails and worms, and then picks up the prey with its claw arm.

Researchers at the University of the West of England in Bristol have spent just under $300,000 to develop SlugBot. Commercial models, when available, are expected to sell for around $1,400.

Staff writer Graeme Wearden reported from London.