Tiny Rubbery Robot To Take 'Fantastic Voyage'

Take a look at a tiny, rubbery robot that is small enough to move around inside of you. Really.


(Robot prototype)

The robot prototype is small enough to move around in a stomach or urinary system, said Metin Sitti, head of the physical intelligence department at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart, Germany, who led the research team.

The robot hasn’t been tested in humans yet, but the goal is to improve it for medical use — for instance, delivering drugs to a target within the body.

What is most unusual about the research, Dr. Sitti said, is that such a “minimalist robot” can achieve “all different type of motion possibilities to navigate in complex environments.”

Take a look at the progenitor for this idea, the 1966 movie Fantastic Voyage.


(Fantastic Voyage film trailer)

For lots of additional versions of this technology, see Free Swimming Endoscope Capsule On 'Fantastic Voyage'.

Via NYTimes.

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