Ants in a Scanner: A Time Lapse Mashup of Nature and Technology [Video]

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By Jason Fitzpatrick on March 14th, 2012

In this time lapse video metaphorical hardware bugs become literal as a colony of ants takes over the body of a scanner–check out the video to see five years of colonization in two minutes.

François Vautier combines time lapse video, a flatbed scanner, and a colony of ants to capture the ants actively colonizing the scanner itself. He explains:

Five years ago, I installed an ant colony inside my old scanner that allowed me to scan in high definition this ever evolving microcosm (animal, vegetable and mineral). The resulting clip is a close-up examination of how these tiny beings live in this unique ant farm. I observed how decay and corrosion slowly but surely invaded the internal organs of the scanner. Nature gradually takes hold of this completely synthetic environment.

While the colony itself is fascinating, equally as interesting is the fact that the scanner took five years of that kind of abuse and kept on running.

[via Boing Boing]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 03/14/12
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