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InaTrap insect killer takes insects out in designer style
The InaTrap insect killer lures insects using an intermittent light and photocatalyst reaction to produce CO2
We know there’s an ongoing quest to build a better mousetrap, but what about a better insect trap? That’s just what Acase, working with design house inadays, believes it has done with the creation of the InaTrap. With an appearance not dissimilar to a designer lamp, the InaTrap attracts, traps and kills insects so you can ditch the swatter and insect spray.
The device boasts a number of features designed to lure in mosquitoes and other insects and trap them in the base of the unit. A photocatalyst in the top dome produces low levels of carbon dioxide to simulate human breath, while a low power CCFL UV light flashes intermittently. Once the insects are drawn into the area under the top dome, a noiseless fan pushes them into the removable holding container in the base of the unit. A dash of wine or steric acid can also be placed in the holding container to enhance the device’s powers of attraction.
The unit’s designer looks and its 8.46 x 8.46 x 12.4 inch (21.5 x 21.5 x 31.5 cm) dimensions are intended to give it the appearance of a porcelain sculpture rather than an insect killing machine in the home, while its 2.64 lb (1.2 kg) weight allows it to be easily taken outdoors. It comes with an AC adapter for indoor use and a rechargeable battery that provides nine to 10 hours of outdoor use. The unit also comes with a timer that will see the unit operate continuously for eight hours.
The InaTrap comes in baby blue or pastel purple, with the blue retailing at amazon for US$84.99 and the purple going for $89.50. Although judging by the press pics, more colors will be available in the future.
Here's a short video showing the InaTrap in all its designer glory.
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Darren's love of technology started in primary school with a Nintendo Game & Watch Donkey Kong (still functioning) and a Commodore VIC 20 computer (not still functioning). In high school he upgraded to a 286 PC, and he's been following Moore's law ever since. This love of technology continued through a number of university courses and crappy jobs until 2008, when his interests found a home at Gizmag.
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Looks like someone got another great idea from Mother Nature.
Seems to work on the same premise as the pitcher plant.
Are the bugs invisible?
Not convinced this would actually work.
Just in time. I was about to purchase one of the large propane units to handle the backyard mosquitoes. I think I'll try a pair of these first.
Any idea that produces a 'contraption' which will control and alleviate the misery caused by any and 'all' variety of flying blood-sucking insects, is a welcome boon to both, animals and humans! In addition to being the cause of itching and infection, - insects which require blood protein to reproduce, will continue to plague and kill us, - more so, in under-developed poor countries. Kudos to every Research facility that invests time and attention in a concerted effort to at least keep the problem within limits, providing a measure of relief and comfort! The system featured, appears to be one that will contribute to at least partially solving the problem.
i had bought a different device that also was based on a photocatalyst to draw in mosquitoes. But what caused me to return it was that there were too many constraints -- it had to be placed in a place that didn't have much lighting, couldn't be in bedrooms, had to be placed in a certain distance from the floor or ceiling. Hope this product does not suffer from the same flaws.
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