August 8, 2008

Forcefeeding the GutBot

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A research group at Carnegie Mellon has been working on the Gutbot, a small camera pill that is swallowed. The scientist then controls it with a wireless remote to tell it when to stop. One of the most difficult aspects of the project was to find an adhesive that would, "stick repeatedly to tissues like intestines, esophagus, stomach, heart, and kidney surfaces," said Metin Sitti, professor and principal investigator of the NanoRobotics Lab at CMU.

The result was using an oil-like liquid found on beetles' foot hairs. The Gutbot was recently shown off on animals with successful results.

Via Technology Review

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Posted by Sheila Franklin at August 8, 2008 8:49 PM
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