Shooting Mosquitoes with Frickin' Lasers

Media weigh in and interpret our Photonic Fence project. 

The Wall Street Journal just did a front page article about what we call the “photonic fence.” It is a system that finds mosquitoes flying around, identifies them by wingbeat frequency, and then shoots them out of the sky with a laser. The idea decends from Reagan era “Star Wars” which basically tried to do the same thing for missiles. Here’s a great quote by Jordin Kare:

“We like to think back then we made some contribution to the ending of the Cold War” with the Star Wars program, Dr. Kare says. “Now we’re just trying to make a dent in a war that’s actually gone on a lot longer and claimed a lot more lives.”

As always, the reinterpretation by various blogs is more amusing: