【3D打印鸡蛋:或可拯救濒临灭绝的动物】

【3D打印鸡蛋:或可拯救濒临灭绝的动物】英国国际猛禽中心研究人员通过3D打印制造出与实际秃鹫蛋形状重量触感都相同的人造蛋,其中装有可记录孵化数据的传感器。目前国际猛禽中心已开始实施人造蛋的圈养繁殖计划。此外,此技术还可帮助拯救生活在不同地理气候的其他濒危种群及其他产卵物种。

The 3D-printed eggs that could save vultures from extinction

by:Joseph Volpe

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It's hard to drum up sympathy for vultures. They do, after all, feast on the carcasses of dead (and diseased) animals. But at the International Centre for Birds of Prey in the UK, conservationists are hoping to keep extinction at bay for one African species by 3D printing vulture eggs. The replicas, which are made to simulate the same shape, weight and feel of actualvulture eggs, pack sensors inside (kinda like a Kinder surprise egg, except not at all) to gather data on the complicated incubation process. Wiredreports that researchers at the ICBP have already begun testing these faux eggs on captive vultures to cull temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, carbon dioxide, light and rotation data -- all transmitted wirelessly -- for its captive breeding program.

The effort, while beneficial to the selected African species, could also be extended to help maintain other vulture populations living in different geographic climates, as well as other egg-laying species. The project's also open source. So if you have a soft spot for vultures (there have to be some of you out there, right?), you can check out the eggduino site for instructions on how to 3D print the smart eggs, build the sensor and do some good.

原文链接:http://www.engadget.com/2016/04/04/the-3d-printed-eggs-that-could-save-vultures-from-extinction/


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