The ‘Bugbot,’ a Robot with Six Legs and a Camera
May 31st, 2005
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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that a robot combined with a swallowable camera could give doctors a better look inside the small intestine.

This medical robot, dubbed ‘bugbot,’ is being developed at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in its NanoRobotics Laboratory. It will measure less than 800 nanometers in diameter and will transmit thousands of images during its trip inside yourself with its embedded camera. With the six legs attached to the microrobot, CMU researchers want to give more control to camera operators, such as coming back to a suspected lesion.

This robot should be ready for human inspection within 2 to 3 years and opens the way for future nanorobots. This overview contains more details about this project.


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