Tiny Robot Can Crawl, Walk And Swim INSIDE Your Body & This Is What ‘They’ Admit To Having

This Tiny Robot Walks, Crawls, Jumps and Swims. But It Is Not Alive.



Video

This Robot Can Walk and Swim — Inside You

A tiny robot with moves inspired by caterpillars and jellyfish is small enough to crawl, walk and swim inside the human body.

By JAMES GORMAN and CHRISTOPHER WHITWORTH on Publish Date January 24, 2018. Photo by Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems. Watch in Times Video »


Researchers in Germany have developed a robot that is about a seventh of an inch long and looks at first like no more than a tiny strip of something rubbery. Then it starts moving.

The robot walks, jumps, crawls, rolls and swims. It even climbs out of the pool, moving from a watery environment into a dry one.

The robot prototype is small enough to move around in a stomach or urinary system, said Metin Sitti, head of the physical intelligence department at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart, Germany, who led the research team.

The robot hasn’t been tested in humans yet, but the goal is to improve it for medical use — for instance, delivering drugs to a target within the body.

What is most unusual about the research, Dr. Sitti said, is that such a “minimalist robot” can achieve “all different type of motion possibilities to navigate in complex environments.”

Continue reading the main story

Leif Ristroph, a mathematician at New York University’s Courant Institute who developed a small flying robot that mimics the motion of jellyfish, wrote in an email: “The array of behaviors and capabilities is certainly impressive and sets this robot apart from most others.”

“These critters are very cute!” he said. “Love how the authors put the little guy through mini-obstacle courses.”

“My other thought is that the pilot, who we don’t see, is also quite impressive,” added Dr. Ristroph, who was not involved in the research. “Clearly whoever is controlling the magnetic fields has gained some hard-earned intuition and fine skills based on a lot of experience and trial-and-error.”

The research was reported Wednesday in the journal Nature. Below are excerpts from a telephone conversation with Dr. Sitti. They have been edited for length and clarity.

Q. What is the robot made of, and how does it work?

A. Our robot is made of an elastomer rubber, which is filled with many magnetic, small particles. We program the magnetic properties of these particles so that from outside, when we apply a magnetic field, the elastic sheath-shaped robot changes its shape to anything that we want.

Then it does all these different motions. When you look at this tiny thing crawling and jumping and all these things, it looks like a creature.

Where do you see work on this new robot heading? Where will future versions go?

One of the current major goals is to put this tiny soft robot into our digestive system or urinary system — and in the future, the vascular system — and for it to be able to navigate across all these complex tissues, surfaces which are fully filled with fluids or semi-filled, or no fluids.

If you look at the medical devices we have, the smallest ones are catheters, which are a millimeter in diameter, and they are always tethered. So our main goal in making tiny robots is to really access hard-to-reach or even not-possible-to-reach areas in our body with minimal invasion.

The robots already are small enough for our digestive system and urinary system. We’d like to go smaller, even down to tens of microns, so that we can reach almost anywhere inside your body.

And you think it could one day deliver drugs?

One of the functions we have been exploring is how to deliver a cargo, which could be drugs, inside the body. There are different ways. With a shape change, we can grab the cargo and then deliver it by opening the shape.

The second way is we make a small pocket on the robot that only opens with a special shape change that we can control.

You were inspired by the movements of jellyfish and caterpillars and other animals?

Basically, we took all these inspirations and merged them into one robot. That’s another scientific challenge we solved in this study: how you can combine the caterpillars, jellyfish and all these different, small, soft organisms into one relatively minimalist robot that can achieve all different types of motion to navigate in complex environments.

What if it gets lost in the body?

This version was not fully biodegradable as a whole robot. One of the projects we’re working on is making a fully biodegradable robot. In the end, the robot would be dissolved by the body, with no side effects and with no toxicity and no material that will cause any issues in the body.

That’s one of our major goals in my group. And that’s possible. I mean, we have elastomers fully degradable in the body. We have magnetic nanoparticles fully degradable in the body. It’s just a matter of integrating them.

Views: 28

Latest Activity

oldranger_68 favorited Chris of the family Masters's blog post Weightlifting for Your Heart
3 minutes ago
Doc Vega replied to Chris of the family Masters's discussion TERRAFORMING has begun: “Global dimming” is a plot to EXTERMINATE humanity by terraforming the atmosphere with SMOG pollution, killing Earth’s food crops and unleashing ecological collapse
"The USAF admitted a long time ago saying they were releasing aluminum oxide as a reflective medium into the upper atmosphere. They could fuck this up so bad that the smog would cause a Venus type of greenhouse store of solar heat and turn earth into…"
13 minutes ago
Deep Space commented on DTOM's group High Strangeness & General Weirdness
"Man Dies After Being Bitten by Venomous Snake He Used to Rape a Woman https://sputniknews.com/society/201811271070177404-man-rape-woman-snake/"
2 hours ago
Deep Space commented on DTOM's group High Strangeness & General Weirdness
"Many-banded Krait (Bungarus multicinctus)Man Dies After Being Bitten by Venomous Snake He Used to Rape a Woman https://sputniknews.com/society/201811271070177404-man-rape-woman-snake/"
2 hours ago
cheeki kea replied to Chris of the family Masters's discussion TERRAFORMING has begun: “Global dimming” is a plot to EXTERMINATE humanity by terraforming the atmosphere with SMOG pollution, killing Earth’s food crops and unleashing ecological collapse
"True, plants would help. My Govt. thinks a billion trees will do it for them, and are urgently planting them now. They want to look clean and green, but the rest of us know it's really to mitigate all the pollution from the coal they'll…"
3 hours ago
Central Scrutinizer favorited Burbia's video
3 hours ago
dogitydog replied to Chris of the family Masters's discussion TERRAFORMING has begun: “Global dimming” is a plot to EXTERMINATE humanity by terraforming the atmosphere with SMOG pollution, killing Earth’s food crops and unleashing ecological collapse
"I have a solution to this carbon fairy tale. Now this may sound crazy but just bare with me. OK here it is: There's these things that don't cost any money, yet they are willing to remove all of the CO2 from the atmosphere. Not only will…"
3 hours ago
cheeki kea posted a video

EMP (a short film)

Julia and Parker are going on a road trip when their car suddenly stops. They try calling for help but their phones are dead. Unknown to them the US got hit ...
4 hours ago
cheeki kea commented on Burbia's video
Thumbnail

Another Big EMP Training Event Starts Tomorrow, And It's A "Invitation Only" Event

"" While the public could not see what they were doing"- "What's going to happen when the lights go out" First off.... Have enough Water."
4 hours ago
cheeki kea commented on Burbia's blog post The problem is that Huawei kit does not have GCHQ/NSA backdoor capabilities. Hence it has to be banished.
"This sure does explain things, hence all the Huawei bashing of late. 1/3 of my ultra fast broadband has Huawei components, I have been pestered to change it to fibre optic by telecom company 4 times! I Still say No.-nothing they can do about…"
4 hours ago
Burbia posted videos
4 hours ago
Burbia commented on Burbia's video
Thumbnail

Another Big EMP Training Event Starts Tomorrow, And It's A "Invitation Only" Event

"Start prepping! Electric grid ‘prime target’ of terrorists, ‘profound threat,’ says council by Paul Bedard  | December 10, 2018 10:23…"
5 hours ago
Burbia commented on Burbia's group The Comment Section is Closed
5 hours ago
Burbia posted a blog post

The problem is that Huawei kit does not have GCHQ/NSA backdoor capabilities. Hence it has to be banished.

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18617230Don’t use Huawei phones, say heads of FBI, CIA, and NSAThe heads of six major US intelligence agencies have warned that American citizens…See More
5 hours ago
Burbia replied to Diana's discussion Turns out that claiming to be a transgender doesn’t excuse you from murdering your own parents
"clown world A phrase used to describe the current state of affairs in regards to the world (usually socially or politically). The word is employed as to state that something is ridiculous or nonsensical, in a way, "only could this be real, in…"
5 hours ago
Burbia commented on Burbia's group The Comment Section is Closed
"Dominic 14 hrs ago A book for girls only? What about the other 77 genders? Brittany Pettibone 14 hrs ago You got me there. Sayresy Devino. or "What makes us attack helicopters"... N Bor 13 hrs ago. Damn, you didn't include attack…"
6 hours ago

Please remember this website is supported by your donations...

© 2018   Created by truth.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

content and site copyright 12160.info 2007-2015 - all rights reserved. unless otherwise noted