University researchers are developing a robotic surgical assistant thats just one centimeter in diameter, three centimeters in length and has 1.5-centimeter-long feet to reach far into the intestines.
This groundbreaking bot would be able to get into the vast network of twenty foot plus intestines of the human gut and potentially perform biopsies, deliver drugs, or administer localized treatment.
The lab have looked at how beetles secrete oil-like liquid along foot hairs which help them stick to surfaces and coated the three legged robot with similar substances.
Complete with an on-board camera scientists are able to open the legs of the tiny device on demand and manage the progress of its movement as it presses into the surface of tissue, so far tested on animal tracts only.
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