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Edible Robots May Soon Be Revolutionizing Medicine

Edible Robots May Soon Be Revolutionizing Medicine
Design & Architecture

Researchers from Switzerland developed a fully digestible actuator

Weronika Jurkiewicz
  • 22 march 2017

From robotic sleeves that help your heart pump blood to ingestible origami robots that can remove foreign objects from your stomach, soft robots are ready to revolutionize the field of medicine. With the new invention from the researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland, edible robots are also ready to crawl around inside your body.

Developed by the team at the Intelligent Systems Laboratory, the edible actuator, the component of robots that is in charge of movement, is made out of gelatin and can be easily digested. The device does not need any external electronics and can crawl—inchworm style—by using air and liquids to react with the chemicals around it. Two actuators could also work in tandem to form a gripper for grasping various items.

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Other ingestible electronics such as batteries, electrodes, transistors, capacitors or sensors are already available on the market. Attaching them to the actuator could form a foundation for new types of edible robots.

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

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