The Mosquito Killer Laser: A Brilliant Concept That Never Took Off

The Photonic Fence, also known as Mosquito Laser, is an ingenious invention devised by Intellectual Ventures in an effort to eradicate malaria, one of the world’s deadliest diseases. The device was built to detect mosquitoes, carriers of malaria, and eliminate them using a concentrated beam of laser.

While this might seem like a cool straight out of ‘Star Wars’ solution against a pest problem, it’s been four years since the device was introduced by back in 2010. Yet, we haven’t heard much of it since then.

What happened?

Did the ‘Stormtroopers’ confiscate the weapon upon a request from mosquitoes? Unlikely. The most plausible explanation of why the mosquito laser hasn’t gained enough popularity is due to technical issues that questioned its feasibility.

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