MINI BELIEVE IT OR NOT –
Researchers at MIT, the University of Sheffield, and the Tokyo Institute of Technology have invented an origami robot that can be swallowed by a patient and then controlled by an electromagnet to remove foreign objects or make other internal repairs.
- In the U.S. every year, there are over 3,500 incidents of swallowed button batteries
- The origami robot can be encased in ice in a pill form to be swallowed
- It melts in the stomach acid and balloons out
- From there, it can be controlled with a magnet to grab and hold onto foreign objects in the stomach lining
- Other possible uses than removing button batteries are being explored
- If the origami robot can be controlled without need of the external magnet, the possibilities are endless