Miniature “Origami” Robots Are The Future Of Microsurgery

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) has developed miniature origami-inspired bots which are capable of wearing different exoskeletons and folding into a variety of shapes so as to adapt to particular scenarios. Using built-in magnets to manoeuvre and applying heat in order to shape sheets of metal into the appropriate exoskeleton, the bots can take a multitude of forms, depending on the task at hand, and have the potential to perform different types of surgery, such as taking samples, removing objects and patching wounds.

Given that the pill-sized robot and its necessary tools (i.e. shapable sheets of metal) can be swallowed, microsurgery performed by miniature, self-assembling machines is a distinct possibility in the future.

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