01 Mar '17, 7pm

The Tiny Robots Will See You Now

Over the past week, we’ve highlighted a lot of big , impressive robots . Now it’s time to pay homage to their teeny, tiny counterparts. It’s science-fiction-turned-reality: Researchers are developing micro- and nanoscale robots that move freely in the body, communicate with each other, perform jobs, and degrade when their mission is complete. These tiny robots will someday “have a major impact” on disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention, according to a new review in Nature Robotics from a top nanoengineering team at the University of California, San Diego. The review highlights four areas of medicine where tiny robots have been successfully used in proof-of-concept studies: targeted delivery, precision surgery, sensing of biological targets, and detoxification. Of those, “active drug delivery is primarily the most promising commercial application of medical microrobot...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/the-human-os/biomedical/devices/...

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