Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Nvidia are working on a joint venture that will use the same chips found in video game consoles to shoot down female mosquitoes. While it sounds like a 1980’s sci-fi movie, the project is very real and is meant to shrink the disease carrying mosquito population in third-world countries.
Nvidia is working with research company Intellectual Ventures to build laser fences that recognize and shoot female mosquitoes out of the air, according to San Franisco-based television station KGO.
The fences could sell for as little as $50, according to KGO. It’s an interesting use of technology and if it is effective it could eliminate the use of poisons such as DDT in some regions.