Tiny medical bot

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This tiny bot wants to go inside your body. That’s right, it was designed to travel through veins. The little bot has no on board propulsion system. It is controlled by a magnet outside the body. See those little spines? Those straighten out to keep the bot in place when it isn’t supposed to move.  Creepy right? In all the articles we’ve seen on this bot, there aren’t any details about what actually is on board. They mention adding a camera in the near future, but why are they calling it a robot? Surely there’s something cool in that little body. This is a quite practical application of a project we covered recently. Commenters weren’t impressed with the external control system, likening it to the old vibrating football player game. Well, here’s where it could be usefull.

Comments

  1. Project says:

    Sounds creepy. What are the chances it gets stuck where it shouldn’t? Or ruptures sensitive tissue? How will they get it in? It’ll probably involve a really large needle for it to fit through. *shudder* I hate needles.

    Oh and… how will they get it out? I suppose they can design it to break apart into even smaller bits and be absorbed by the kidneys for you to piss out. *shudder*

  2. trimzulu says:

    Probably similar to how a catheter works except smaller, less invasive and less painful.

  3. RobotGuy says:

    To put it lightly…I would rather die.

  4. Wwhat says:

    Even your normal under the skin ID implant in dogs gives a percentage of them tumors (that data is kept out of the news as much as possible), and those don’t have spikes..

  5. Mio says:

    wwhat: If memory serves me, the material those are made of is designed to have tissue form around it so that they don’t become dislodged.

  6. djrussell says:

    reminds me of “the island”. i hope they don’t go in through the eye.

  7. kronflux says:

    And that was the day the Borg were born.

  8. Jack says:

    It is spelled straighten. not straiten

  9. agent smith says:

    It looks like the thing they pulled out of neo in the matrix.

    seriously, if these can be built to do anything useful there is huge potential for abuse.

  10. Jack says:

    It doesn’t seem to do anything though, and if it were to have a camera how would it be powered?

  11. Roman says:

    @Jack,

    Good question, I would guess inductive transfer. You could easily power it up with an external coil, as matter a fact it could work two ways, small ammount of current to “prime” the bot for work, charge up internal storage tank, cap or whatever, , then provide a much stronger magnetic field to repel from.

  12. Sexiewasd says:

    It seams a wee bit big doesn’t it? big enough to block blood flow in everything but major arteries.

  13. sunjester says:
  14. k0ldBurn says:

    they look a little bit big but robots keep shrinking so in a few years they should be less painful to think about.

  15. Vash_SIN says:

    well id perfer a needle over the alternative way of getting it into the body… and i dont mean oral.

    eather way this reminds me of a new device they are working on… its a micro tv that fits INSIDE your EYE… so you can watch tv and no one is the wiser… can you say mad exgirlfirend?

  16. jbotalan says:

    “usefull”? SPELL. CHECK. Use a recent version of Firefox and you have it built RIGHT INTO THE BROWSER!! Pure, unadulterated LAZINESS!

  17. arthur says:

    ““usefull”? SPELL. CHECK. Use a recent version of Firefox and you have it built RIGHT INTO THE BROWSER!! Pure, unadulterated LAZINESS!”

    Attack what people say.. now how they say it..

  18. arthur says:

    not*

  19. Jack says:

    Hmm, what if it was powered by like a little hydro turbine, like if it were to stick onto a blood vessel and allow the blood to travel through it like a small straw, but have a turbine inside, or maybe something like that.

  20. circuitbomb says:

    i bet it sends tweets to twitter…

  21. Tomasito says:

    it tweets how many white globules you have.

    lol

  22. Caleb Kraft says:

    @arthur
    It looks like somehow wordpress suppresses the spell check. I’ve been noticing more and more errors slipping by, most of the time it shows 0 misspelled words (HA). I’ll have to come up with another method.

  23. omfg says:

    @arthur
    How ironic

  24. mizchif says:

    This ‘robot’ is known as the mark of the beast (666). Go ahead, lol. But, i am afraid it is true. If i am not mistaken, whats onboard is said to be capable of reading 1.6 trillion possoble human calculations per second. In the future they hope to incorporate the ability to make it hold ur caily info…bank account, passport, drivers license and other info.

    GOT A SECRET? OH WELL, I PROBLY KNOW IT ALREADY

    L810…of SOS

  25. Arthur says:

    tell me about it…

  26. Alias says:

    Capsule cameras have been around for a while, they too have no (or very limited) propulsion systems so i presume are pretty much the same thing as this? Some of them relay the footage in realtime and can be ‘boosted’ in certain directions to allow more freedom of observation.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capsule_endoscopy

    I’ve seen the footage from one (and the form factor) and first impression is definitely wow; they’re developing them so they can do other functions asides from just take footage

  27. 123jack says:

    International passport and offender control
    Pass through the gates and … ping ping ping … serial number registered…
    Every baby will get one.

    Great for population control.

  28. william says:

    so what do you do if you think that you have one of these little things in you

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