Startup Bzigo was at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show, with a gadget designed to spot and mark mosquitoes for destruction.
Bzigo continuously monitors for flying mosquitoes and then blasts them as they land with a ray of laser light.
The device’s first generation marks the death of mosquitoes, transmitting a notification to people’s cell phones to encourage them to kill insects.
“A big problem with mosquitoes is finding them, that is what we solved,” Nadav Benedek of Bzigo stated.
The World Health Organization has classified mosquitoes as one the deadliest creatures on
the planet because of their ability to carry diseases which kill millions of people every year.
The buzzing blood-suckers are often loathed even in areas where mosquito-borne diseases aren’t an issue.
Benedek claimed that a second-generation Bzigo system, already designed but for now kept out of the public sphere,
would eventually deploy a flying “nano-drone” to destroy aimed mosquitoes, preventing people from having blood on their hand.
“A nano-drone flies from a docking station on the device, goes to the mosquito, kills it, and it comes back to recharge,” Benedek stated, causing a close tourist to laugh uncontrollably at the CES stand.
According to Benedek, Bzigo has already raised $ 1 million in funding and is planning to raise $5 million to start rapid production of the gadget that will be about the size of an apple when it reaches market.
“Right now, we have a fully functioning prototype,” he confirmed. “The drone will kill in a way we aren’t disclosing yet; not a laser.”