May 31, 2005

Ingestible Technology Roundup

Robot combined with swallowable camera could give docs a better look inside the small intestine via Engadget

20050530Smscisitti01 230Well, medicine has evidentally taken to robots like a duck to water, and I wasn't watching. So, sometime last year, someone developed a crawling pill, complete with worm-like movement, enabling the pill to move around inside of you once swallowed. (Yep, that'll give the kids nightmares. "That vitamin? It's going to crawl into your spleen and nest there.") Then, sometime this year, someone released a swallowable wireless camera, just so you could really get to know what's inside of you, and have evidence to back it up (take note, those who have been called heartless and gutless.) But evidentally, that worked so well, you now have someone developing legs for the swallowable camera, to get those pictures of your colon you always wanted.

Metin Sitti, director of the NanoRobotics Lab, is developing a set of legs that could be incorporated into the swallowable camera-in-a-pill that has become available in the past four years for diagnosing gastrointestinal disorders in the small intestine.

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