Remote controlled pill-bot


The NanoRobotics Lab at Carnegie Mellon University has come up with a medical robot that can be swallowed, and is then able to be controlled from outside the body. The device has small arms with adhesives that can attach to slippery internal surfaces, which has previously proven difficult. Once inside the body, it can be used to view damaged areas, deliver drugs, as well as biopsy questionable tissues, and possibly even be used to cauterize bleeding wounds with a small laser. The device could be stopped, and even reversed to get a better look at areas that may have gone unnoticed otherwise. This would be a major advancement in diagnosing intestinal problems, and could lead to potentially life saving treatments. Did we mention that it has lasers?

[via Neatorama]

Comments

  1. badmojo says:

    Cool, wheres the plans? I wanna build one and put it in my dog.

  2. James says:

    The real question is, has somebody alerted Martin Short?

  3. colecoman1982 says:

    Fry: “I can’t swallow that!”

    Farnsworth: “Well then, good news! It’s a suppository.”

  4. Ben says:

    At last! After over 20 years, we won’t have to shrink people inside mini submarines to go in and do this kind of work anymore!

  5. blizzarddemon says:

    colecoman just entered my book of most awesome dudes ever.

  6. DigitalMind says:

    Haha .. Gotta love those futurama references … :)

  7. MRE says:

    how you know a new device is universally appealing and marketable:

    multiple move and tv references in one post

  8. read the article next time says:

    Ok. It does NOT have lasers. It canNOT do biopsy or deliver drugs.

    “While the CMU robot is not yet ready for such uses, its ability to securely and safely anchor in the body is the first step in achieving more-advanced applications.”

    It can only “get stuck”. This is the innovation. Read the article next time there Jimmie [fail]. Or, heck, watch it on ‘TV’ if you’re more comfortable with that:

    http://www.technologyreview.com/video/index.aspx?id=21153&brightcove=1701198763&iframe=biotech&autoplay=true

  9. So what if it has lasers? IT HAS ZIPPERS!

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