Would You Swallow An Origami Robot?

Would you willingly swallow an origami robot? Maybe if it was in a capsule...

Here's an early "science-fictional" view of this idea. In Test Pilot, an episode of The Jetsons first broadcast on December 30, 1962, George Jetson goes in for a physical. The doctor uses a special capsule called a "Peek-a-Boo Prober".


(Peek-a-Boo Prober from Jetson's Test Pilot episode)

Here's a close-up:


(Close-up of the Peek-a-Boo Prober from Jetson's Test Pilot episode)

The doctor uses a special Peek-a-Boo Prober launcher to start it on its journey through the patient. Once inside the doctor uses a voice-control interface to instruct the Prober. Take a look at an internal video provided by the Prober to the doctor.


(Peek-a-Boo Prober in stomach episode)

An early science-fictional example of a device that can be swallowed is the ingestible communication capsule from Triplanetary (1934) by Doc Smith.

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