The Hi-Tech Mousetrap

The Hi-Tech Mousetrap

Taryn Williford
Dec 15, 2009

As in the famous Ralph Waldo Emerson quote, somebody actually went and built a better mousetrap (for actual rodents, not the computer kind). Who knew all it would take is some solenoid valves, controllers, indicators, circuit boards and a pneumatic actuator, all inside of a polished aluminum case?

Using "collected junk," inventor Jake Easton built the "Better Mousetrap" to detect and remove pesky rodents from the home.

Although he admits being more of a minimalist, he thought that putting a hi-tech spin on the simple mousetrap was an innovative way to showcase technology. The trap detects any inrtuders, then uses 40 to 60 PSI of compressed air to power a strike hammer with up to 102 lbs. of force.

Check it out in action:

Via Ubergizmo

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