2021 AMI Online Salon

Destroy on Sight: Targeting Mosquitoes with Computer Vision and Lasers

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Brittany Cheung
  • Client: Marc Dryer
  • Copyright: Brittany Cheung, 2020
  • Medium/software used: Autodesk Maya, ZBrush, Adobe Photoshop
  • Final presentation format: Print, 8.5 x 11” journal cover
  • Primary Audience: Lay audience

Project Description

Pest insects have a major impact on crops and human health. This mock editorial cover was created to visually represent research on an emerging, promising method of insect control that uses computer vision to identify and track flying insects combined with a laser system to disable or kill them. Insects are identified based on factors such as the time of day, their size, and their wingbeat frequency, as represented by the computer screen. When a target is acquired, the system fires a laser of a specific light wavelength, beam diameter, pulse energy, and pulse duration that subdues or kills the insect while being cost-effective and safe for retinas.