From the brilliant minds of MIT, researchers there are now working prototypes of ” ingestible origami robots”. These little robots will be able to preform certain medical procedures like administering medication, patching wounds and clearing bodily obstructions such as a battery lodged in the stomach.
Although these little machines are in the earliest stages of development, the range of work they could do in the medical field is limitless, especially as the technology grows and is refined. In fact, these aren’t even the first to feature this origami design, just the first to be fitted with biocompatible materials that keep the body from having an adverse immune response.
Currently the origami robots are encased in dried pig intestines and controlled and maneuvered using external magnetic fields but eventually, according to MIT CSAIL Director Daniela Rus, the goal in the future is to program the robot to “control itself without the need of an external magnetic field”.
Are you excited for this medical tech of the future or are you just a little bit worried like me that maybe nano-bots are next and we’re all going to be reformed into a giant hunk of titanium or into a stormy sand planet like on Red Dwarf? Check it out and let us know what you think!
And if you’re a fan of science and technology you might also enjoy reading about this biotech firm trying to Reanimate a dead brain. Interesting stuff!