Fascinating! This pill size Robot enters the stomach to cure bugs and patch wounds
Researchers at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) have done the unthinkable. They have actually produced a tiny origami robot to address the solution to curing bugs and patching wounds from inside the gut. It could well be world’s best solution to common problems of children worldwide ingesting tiny objects such as button batteries. In fact this was the main reason that led to MIT researchers led by Daniela Rus in creating such a marvel of science.
The amazing robot was unraveled in experiments held at MIT‘s department of electrical engineering and computer science which demonstrated how a tiny little minuscule robot could be ingested into the human system with the help of a capsule. A joint study between the MIT department and Tokyo institute of technology, the lead researchers were Daniela Rus who commands MIT’s centre for science and artificial intelligence and co lead researcher Shuhei Mayushita, lecturer at York University England and Kazuhiro Yoshida from Tokyo.
1 The world’s next solution to curing bugs and patching wounds
The Tiny origami robot could well be the world’s next best solution in curing stomach bugs by delivering medication right to the spot. The robot was guided by external magnetic fields to traverse the stomach to remove a button battery or even cure or patch wounds. The experiment will also be presented to the international conference on robotics and automation.
What’s most amazing about the miniature robot is that it is composed of dry pig’s intestine which is folded up and placed inside a dissolvable medical pill. The pill is the ingested as in usual medication. Upon reaching the stomach, the acids present break open the pill and the robot is spilt out into the stomach. In the middle of the robot is a tiny magnet which is controlled by an n external magnet guided by a surgeon.
2 Success after Trial And Error and a trip to Chinatown
The experiment took a great deal of research and initial trial and error hiccups where finding a suitable material with as less rigidity as possible was the main challenge. The directional force applied to the robot from outside the body mainly depends on rotational movements. The button battery is picked up by the robot with the help of the tiny magnet embedded in its frame.
The structural material used for the tiny origami robot was pig intestine decided upon after several options. According to one of the team members Shugong Li a postdoc at CSAIL, researchers in fact spent considerable periods of time scouring markets in Chinatown for suitable material. The shrinkable layer of the robot was a biodegradable material called Biolefin.
3 Watch the incredible video
The initial experiment was performed in a pig’s stomach which was produced and molded from silicon rubber and featured the same bio profile as a human stomach. According to Bradley Nelson robotic professor of Swiss federal institute of technology Zurich “It is one of the most convincing applications of origami robots that I have seen.”
Watch the incredible video of the tiny origami robot and Daniel Rus’ fascinating explanation of the entire experiment.