Spotted around Houston, put in thick backyards and piles of old tires look like 10 small models of Hollywood’s iconic Capitol Records building.
It is vital to note that they are full of recording device. However, they do not catch the lyrics of Frank Sinatra or the Beastie Boys.
The aim of the innovative gadget is to capture mosquitoes, but not in large batches, like normal traps. Before every mosquito with its own compartment is caught by the machine, it is vital to check wing beats of each mosquito to assure that it is the exact species that they would like to research.
According to Mustapha Debboun, the administrator of mosquito control for the Harris County public health department, he said, “We were the first to have these.” He also shared, I saw something on the internet about them, and I told people, ‘Whoa — can I get some? He said, “They’ve been wonderful,” and he noted, “Why would I want to collect a thousand nuisance mosquitoes if I can avoid it?”
There is the fact that the modern devices which are made by Microsoft overwhelm one of the most frustrating elements of insect observation: they observed 56 species of mosquitoes in the buggy marshland city, and the majority of them were suck in by normal traps.
Some of the species which carry diseases are only researched by Entomologists, such as Aedes aegypti, which carries Zika and dengue, and Culex quinquefasciatus, which spreads West Nile virus.
In order to classify these species, the entire number of batches caught must be frozen in the conventional traps by the scientists. After that, they boringly use tweezers to sort them by hand under a microscope.
It is necessary to note that the issue becomes worse and worse for those scientists when other insects were also suck by mosquito traps via a fan and they were whirled around a mesh basket for many hours.
In contrast, there are 64 sections in the Microsoft trap, which are arranged like studio apartments in a skyscraper.
Ethan Jackson , a computer scientist who manages the Project Premonition of Microsoft, shared that once a particular insect goes in, it will cross ultraviolet beam which examines the pattern of the shadows thrown by its buzzing wings. Moreover, The Project Premonition created the device with suggestions coming from mosquito experts at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.