Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Snake Robots Will Soon Crawl Around Inside Your Body Off-Leash

We've seen snake robots and, of course, tons of surgery robots (including the weird lamprey-bot ), but Dr. Michael Argenziano, the Chief of Adult Cardiac Surgery at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center in New York, says we'll soon have fully untethered snake-type robots that will crawl through the hum...an body, assisting with all kinds of fixes and maintenance.
There are lots of easily imaginable use cases--a snakebot for heart surgery wouldrequire only a small incision, rather than awildly invasive slice for traditional surgery. One day, reports the AP , they may"be able to test chemicals or blood in the body, or even the electrical connections in nerves." Now we just have to get past theIndiana-Jones-ooginess of a tiny robosnake squirming its way through our bodies.

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