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Italian Scientists Put Robot Spiders In Your Colon

CmdrTaco posted more than 4 years ago | from the wait-'til-it-lays-eggs dept.

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Sockatume writes "Scientists in Italy have developed a robot which will move around the lower digestive tract using legs. The 'Spider-Pill' is fitted with a camera and will stow its legs until it reaches the lower intestine. Once there it can crawl around and take pictures under direction from surgeons. Its USP is that it's more appealing than an endoscopy." The BBC also has video.

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Google's spiders crawling (4, Funny)

sopssa (1498795) | more than 4 years ago | (#29718059)

In other news, Google is working on it's own version to integrate Googlebot to crawl more data into Google Maps. Soon you can zoom into a person you saw on the street and navigate inside her.

Re:Google's spiders crawling (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29718171)

Imagine putting a few hundreds of those in your ass and let them wiggle around.

Re:Google's spiders crawling (1)

mewt (1057562) | more than 4 years ago | (#29718207)

Sounds like a government scheme to put bugs on us! they will be able to track us and check what food we're eating! I'd be careful of any largish sweets you eat! The man is watching :( *Puts on Tinfoil Hat*

Re:Google's spiders crawling (2, Funny)

clickclickdrone (964164) | more than 4 years ago | (#29718219)

>Googlebot
Googlebutt, surely?

Re:Google's spiders crawling (5, Funny)

sakdoctor (1087155) | more than 4 years ago | (#29718423)

I knew that robots.txt I had tattooed on my ass would come in handy.

User-agent: *
Disallow: /

Re:Google's spiders crawling (1)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 4 years ago | (#29718619)

Just watch out for the Russians ... you know how they ignore robots.txt files.

Italian Intelligence and European IQ (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29718323)

This new technology for detecting illness in the intestines causes us to ask, "Why have the Italians and other Europeans achieved so much in science and technology?"

A mirror question is, "Why have the Africans accomplished so little?"

The IQ of the typical European exceeds the IQ of the typical African by 20 points. Could this IQ difference explain why any society dominated by Africans is a gross failure?

Note that Japanese IQ equals European IQ. Also, note that Japan is a barren rock lacking natural resources. Yet, the Japanese transformed this barren rock into the 2nd richest nation in the world.

Re:Italian Intelligence and European IQ (2, Insightful)

clickclickdrone (964164) | more than 4 years ago | (#29718465)

>A mirror question is, "Why have the Africans accomplished so little?"
Read "Guns Germs and Steel". It's not the answer you're hoping for.

Re:Italian Intelligence and European IQ (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29718849)

It must be the absolute gospel truth. Because it's written in a book.

Re:Google's spiders crawling (2, Funny)

Enleth (947766) | more than 4 years ago | (#29718337)

They already have Google Moon, the rest of the solar system is just an obvious extension of the service. I'm not sure however why exactly they started with Uranus...

Re:Google's spiders crawling (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29718691)

In other news, Google is working on it's own version to integrate Googlebot to crawl more data into Google Maps. Soon you can zoom into a person you saw on the street and navigate inside her.

Your comment is so anal ...

Re:Google's spiders crawling (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29718895)

robots.txt anyone?

Yea but (2, Funny)

weirdcrashingnoises (1151951) | more than 4 years ago | (#29718065)

In Soviet Russia, robot spiders put your colon in scientists!

Re:Yea but (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29718395)

Q:What did Scientist B say to Scientist A when he accidentally piloted the robot spiders into the intestinal wall?

A: You wrecked em!

Call it Ziggy (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29718071)

- as in Mr Z Stardust and the spiders from arse

Re:Call it Ziggy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29718305)

Spiderpill Spiderpill..
Goes where ever a spiderpill goes!

So before we start getting nano-robotic overlords (1)

areusche (1297613) | more than 4 years ago | (#29718083)

What is a USP? Come on guys I normally am able to get most of these acronyms, but this is too much.

Re:So before we start getting nano-robotic overlor (5, Informative)

iYk6 (1425255) | more than 4 years ago | (#29718211)

It stands for unique selling proposition. I would like to point out that "more appealing that an endoscopy" is not unique at all.

bend over and take it like a man (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29718515)

Given a choice between an endoscopy and exploratory surgery with a rusty spoon (or for that matter, with sterile modern instruments), I'll take the endoscopy, thanks. I'm not gay, but I'm not afraid of my anus, either.

Obligatory Matrix reference (4, Funny)

Brewmeister_Z (1246424) | more than 4 years ago | (#29718103)

Why do I get visions of doctors that look like FBI agents inserting this device into me via my belly button?

Re:Obligatory Matrix reference (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29718383)

because you have visions of yourself as a super hacker that the FBI gives a fuck about.

but you arn't, and they don't.

and in related news.... (4, Funny)

NiteShaed (315799) | more than 4 years ago | (#29718163)

Italy has leapfrogged ahead of both Germany and Japan in the quest for making the weirdest adult films.....

Re:and in related news.... (4, Informative)

ciaohound (118419) | more than 4 years ago | (#29718575)

Ever seen "Wild, Wild Planet", a.k.a. "I criminali della gallassia"? The Italians have had this distinction since at least 1965.

USP? (4, Insightful)

clickclickdrone (964164) | more than 4 years ago | (#29718175)

>more appealing that an endoscopy
Given a choice between a cable that's tethered to the outside world and a robot spider scuttling around inside my butt, I'd say the former was a win.

Re:USP? (0, Troll)

Kokuyo (549451) | more than 4 years ago | (#29718535)

Well, now this is a chance to save all those homophobes, too. On the other hand, that also makes me question how this is supposed to be better ;).

Re:USP? (5, Funny)

Nerdfest (867930) | more than 4 years ago | (#29718579)

I can see it now: "SIr, the exploratory spider we put in you has gone rogue. We now need to release this larger hunter/killer spider to take it out (shows golf ball sized robot spider). God help us if this one goes nuts".

Robot spiders? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29718189)

In my colon?

Re:Robot spiders? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29718251)

It's more likely then you think!

downside/upside (1)

lee n. field (750817) | more than 4 years ago | (#29718191)

The downside is you'd still have to drink the foul Kool-aid that cleans you out. The upside is (I assume) the patient doesn't need to be sedated, and doesn't need to take the rest of the day off to recover from sedation, have a driver, etc.

The worst part (4, Interesting)

AlpineR (32307) | more than 4 years ago | (#29718779)

Yeah, I think you'd still have to fast and purge with whatever unpleasant substance the colorectal surgeon chooses to torture you with. The actual colonoscopy isn't painful or anything since you're sedated, it's just a hassle needing a ride home and a break from mental responsibilities.

But wouldn't you also have to stick around a doctor's office while you wait for the robot to get into position? Or would the robot be controlled really remotely, like by a technician in India while you're walking around the grocery store? And wouldn't you have to restrict your diet while you waited for the robot to pass? And wouldn't you have to collect the robot for return/disposal after you've both done your business?

But... (or butt) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29718203)

"...it's more appealing that an endoscopy."

Is it more appealing than a gerbil?

Will it the entire digestive tract? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29718229)

Will it the entire digestive tract?

There was an old woman who swallowed.... (4, Funny)

davidwr (791652) | more than 4 years ago | (#29718247)

She swallowed the robo-spider to swallow the robo-fly, I don't know why, she swallowed the robo-fly, maybe she'll die.

Re:There was an old woman who swallowed.... (1)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 4 years ago | (#29718715)

Well, if it did get stuck or go out of control she might have to swallow a pig [wikipedia.org] to get it shifted. Ouch...

Scientists in my lower digestive tract? (0, Troll)

aitikin (909209) | more than 4 years ago | (#29718249)

Scientists in Italy have developed which will move around the lower digestive tract using legs.

Wow, two news stories in one. First, Scientists in Italy have developed. Who would've thunk it. And apparently they're moving around the lower digestive tract. Using legs noless!

NO! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29718257)

Robots walking up and down my ass? Hell no.

Better than gerbils I suppose... (0, Offtopic)

xgr3gx (1068984) | more than 4 years ago | (#29718263)

Unless you like that kind of thing - with the small rodents.

Far superior to the Barium Enema (1)

Gravis187 (1605621) | more than 4 years ago | (#29718267)

I don't care if this thing takes makes a home in my lower guts. Any procedure is superior to the barium enema.

Erm... (1)

kazade84 (1078337) | more than 4 years ago | (#29718325)

From the video page: "The 'spider pill', which is fitted with a camera, is swallowed by the patient and once within the colon or intestine the legs are opened."

The spider's legs or the patient's legs?

I'm hoping the former, otherwise there is a whole new door just opened in the practical joke market...

I hope the legs retract (4, Funny)

OglinTatas (710589) | more than 4 years ago | (#29718333)

before "exiting the body naturally."

Speaking of which, what is the natural way colon spiders exit the body? Don't they lay their eggs in there and the spiderlings eat their way out through the abdominal wall? I guess leg retraction isn't high on the agenda in that case.

Re:I hope the legs retract (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29719093)

They don't. FTFA:

"When PoopBot has finished its tasks, it then begins spinning its legs at 20,000 rpm and exits the anus at a velocity of 200 feet per second. The patient is then issued a week's supply of official Obama Tuck's medicated wipes and sent home."

I cannot be the only one... (1)

Starayo (989319) | more than 4 years ago | (#29718361)

...who silently screamed on reading that headline.

I'm pretty sure I've had that nightmare before.

Italian flavor (-1, Troll)

MPAB (1074440) | more than 4 years ago | (#29718371)

At least the spiders will taste like pasta. I'd rather not have to swallow british-made robot spiders.

Re:Italian flavor (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29718713)

Och aye, the Scottish robo-spider, deep fried in batter.

analysing the film (1)

anarche (1525323) | more than 4 years ago | (#29718385)

the robot is crawling around with cameras? are they transmitting or does someone have to clean the robot?

What's wrong with a regular camera pill? (2, Interesting)

hort_wort (1401963) | more than 4 years ago | (#29718399)

There already exists a camera pill you can swallow that remotely sends information to a belt you wear for the day. You don't have to stay in the office, and the doctors don't have to waste their time controlling anything. They just watch the movie later in fast forward with some popcorn.

Is there *any* reason that a doctor would need control over this thing? It can't even get biopsies. Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't the only directions forward and back? Why don't they just just improve the camera they already have to last longer and transmit pictures at a higher rate?

Am I the only one imagines this?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ypZSJ2_RDY [youtube.com]

Re:What's wrong with a regular camera pill? (2, Interesting)

cowboy76Spain (815442) | more than 4 years ago | (#29718611)

I suppose they may need some control to get better defined images... camera pills may be good if what you have is easy to identify and big enough that the camera will focus on it no matter its orientation (remember, things move in there), but I bet in many cases a doctor will benefit of more insight that knowing that "there is a lump of different color there". Also may help with locating the exact piece of tissue they are looking at (remember, there are no road signs in there).

No Gerbils? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29718445)

I wonder why they decided to go with spiders instead of gerbils.

Awesome Mental Image (1)

AioKits (1235070) | more than 4 years ago | (#29718471)

Finally, something to replace the clown in my nightmares! Sometimes I just love the article titles on /.

i has a grammar (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29718475)

They should develop a robot with grammar.

!Proofread (0, Offtopic)

kheldan (1460303) | more than 4 years ago | (#29718493)

Doesn't anybody proofread these articles before they're posted on the front page?

Scientists in Italy have developed which will move around the lower digestive tract using legs.

Did they accidentally the whole thing, too?

So glad to see this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29718551)

As a receiver of Endoscopy, i would gladly accept some spiders down my throat instead.
Oh god.. the horrors of the camera up the butt...

Fantastic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29718601)

One of the best headers I've ever seen on /. - made me think I'd gone to the Onion by mistake.

What great timing :-| (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29718625)

I'm going in for an endoscopy this week. Maybe it'll be my last?

Shit eating grin (1)

hexarobi (1654893) | more than 4 years ago | (#29718669)

So presumably this would be quite an expensive device, the kind that would have to be used more than once to be cost effective. So patients would be expected to swallow a pill that other patients have pooped out before... Awesome!

Hoo, hum... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29718697)

So this is some kind of anal probe?

Wow... (1, Troll)

asweetbluesky (1654901) | more than 4 years ago | (#29718723)

... are there are really any scientists left working here in Italy?! I thought every smart brain went abroad long time ago, just before this country became the proud banana's republic of Europe thanks to its politicians. This ought to be the news headline IMO.

Bahney Fwank will love this thing! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29718743)

It it roughly the size and shape of a gerbil? If so, the faggot community will be all over this! We are witnessing the birth of a new fetish - anal crawling bots. Interesting times, folk!

The celebrity media would also love this thing. No longer must they be content sifting through trash bins full of used tampons and empty Prozac bottles. They can actually broadcast live from inside Paris Hilton's high-mileage twat!

Transcript of first excursion (4, Funny)

RevWaldo (1186281) | more than 4 years ago | (#29718807)

Doctor: ROBOSPIDER YOU SHOULD BE IN THE COLON NOW. WHAT DO YOU SEE?
Robospider: IT'S SO DAMN DARK IN HERE I CAN'T SEE MY CLAW BEFORE MY FACE. HANG ON A SEC. LET ME GET MY LIGHTER.
Doctor: OK. WHAT? LIGHTER? NO DON'T
(SIGNAL LOST.)

Jeez, Bob. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29718875)

What crawled up your ass and died?

This is very alarming... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29719011)

Italian Scientists Put Robot Spiders In Your Colon

When did they do this. how did they do this, and how does Slashdot know???

When?!? (1)

thered2001 (1257950) | more than 4 years ago | (#29719021)

I presume these scientists put these spiders in while I was sleeping. Or are they responsible for the Alfa Romeo Spider in my garage? This might just be a big "Three's Company" misunderstanding!

Gerbil with a headcam? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29719075)

Some newscaster in Mpls. did this in the early nineties, sans headcam.

Reuse (3, Funny)

DomNF15 (1529309) | more than 4 years ago | (#29719089)

Are these things cheap enough to throw away? Cause I really don't want to swallow something that just came out of...well, you get the idea.
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