Criket Activated Defense System

In response to illegal logging activity in California’s threatened redwood forests, the Center for Tactical Magic has designed the Criket Activated Defense System project (we’re talking about a project, not an actual installation) which establishes a system of deterrence through the technological augmentation of natural systems.


An electronic device receives distressed cricket chirps and translates the sound into a firing signal for anti-logger missiles. The device simply recombines consumer surveillance products (essentially “bugging” devices) with model rockets – both trickle-down goods from the military-industrial complex.

Crickets have evolved to transmit a very precise frequency should they feel threatened by the encroachment of an invasive species. The system is activated only when a significant number of the cricket population voice their consternation over a relatively broad area.

Via Rhizome.