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Tiny bot designed to explore veins

Traveling through the bloodstream no longer just science fiction.


Maybe it's an extension of our latently adolescent excitement over the pending Speed Racer movie, but we've been thinking a lot about TV shows from the '60s of late, especially of the sci-fi variety. So it was only a matter of time before we got around to full-length features from the era as well.

As others have noted, obvious comparisons can be made between the microscopic submarine in the 1966 movie Fantastic Voyage and a minuscule robot that's being developed by Israeli scientists. In both cases, the vehicle is designed to travel through the human bloodstream for medical purposes, though presumably the latter will be unmanned.

In the case of the 1-millimeter-diameter bot, according to Coolest-Gadgets, "this is made possible by tiny arms that stretch out, gripping onto vessel walls without causing any harm or injury to the patient." Yikes. Its exact mission has yet to be determined, but one of its possible uses apparently involves prostate surgery. Maybe they should send one to the Swedish Medical Center and automate the entire procedure.