David Kirkpatrick

July 31, 2009

More science fiction becoming science fact

Via KurzweilAI.net — This time technology heading toward Fantastic Voyage territory. I’ll have to admit thing looks a bit large to be roaming free inside of anyone just yet. I think I’ll wait more more nanoscale-sized devices.

Robot Can Crawl Through Human Body
KurzweilAI.net, July 31, 2009

Technion-Israel Institute of Technology researchers have created a prototype micro robot that can crawl through the human body.

It is only a millimeter in diameter and 14 millimeters long, so it can get into the body’s smallest areas. It is powered by either actuation through magnetic force located outside the body, or through an on-board actuation system. Made of silicone and metal, it can be made completely biocompatible, so it could remain in the body much as a stent placed in arteries does.

In the future, they hope the robot will be able to travel through a blood vessel, the digestive tract or the lungs, delivering targeted medicines to specific locations, clearing blockages, performing biopsies, or placed inside a shunt to drain body fluids from clogged areas.

Source: American Technion Society news release

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