Edible Robots May Soon Be Revolutionizing Medicine
Researchers from Switzerland developed a fully digestible actuator
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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Halle Tecco is a founder and managing director of Rock Health, the first seed fund devoted exclusively to digital health companies. Prior to Rock Health, Halle worked as a business analyst at Intel before moving on to Apple where she worked in the health and medical vertical. Halle is also an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School.