January 21, 2007

Tech-Crunch:-World’s first microrobot for surgery, wide as two human hairs

In August, we looked at a micromotor powered by bacteria created by researchers in Japan. This new microrobot will also based on bacteria, and will use flagella as power to move through the human bodies.

Wired writes that the surgical microrobot will be “small enough to pass through the heart and other organs, will be inserted using a syringe. Guided by remote control, it will swim to a site within the body to perform a series of tasks, then return to the point of entry where it can be extracted, again by syringe.”

The prototype for this microrobot (image above, video below) is as small as a grain of salt. Amazing…

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