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New Robot Glides Through Intestines

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the i-am-proud-to-live-in-a-time-where-this-is-possible dept.

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TechFreep writes to mention a NewScientist article about a new mucus-riding robot, intended for use in medical examinations of the intestinal tract. The snail-like bot, it is hoped, will be easier on the internal organs of patients than similar robots which use small leg-like structures. From the article: "Dodou is testing a polymer material that clings to proteins found in the mucus that lines the gut. She measured the polymer's sticky properties in the lab using sections of pig gut, and also examined the way the polymer's stickiness can be 'switched off' by spraying it with water. This could allow a robot to move in a manner similar to a snail, which alternately makes itself sticky and slippery by exerting pressure with its body."

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Too easy (4, Funny)

sokoban (142301) | more than 7 years ago | (#16172229)

Someone doing intestinal research named Dodou. Come on at least make it a little bit more difficult for the peanut gallery than that

Re:Too easy (2, Funny)

Courageous (228506) | more than 7 years ago | (#16172369)

Funny? You call dat funny.

My wife, a physician, has a coworker. While I do not know how to spell his last name, I am quite sure it's pronounced "Kills". "Hello, Dr. Kills, here's the schedule for your surgery." A surgeon named kills. Easy fodder for the Peanut gallery, but what can I say?

C//

Re:Too easy (1)

kfg (145172) | more than 7 years ago | (#16172505)

Had a girlfriend in college whose gynocologist's name was Dr. Lecher. You can't make this stuff up.

KFG

Re:Too easy (1)

buswolley (591500) | more than 7 years ago | (#16172567)

There isn't one intelligent, non ass-joke based post for this article.

SHIT.

Re:Too easy (1)

Dravik (699631) | more than 7 years ago | (#16177675)

That can be topped. My dentist is named Dr Hore. He has three daughters.

Military guy Dick Army. (1)

agent (7471) | more than 7 years ago | (#16186683)

I always loved that one.

Re:Too easy (1)

Dirtside (91468) | more than 7 years ago | (#16175471)

Oh, I can beat that, easily.

My wife's cousin's brother's name is Michael Slaughter.

He's a doctor.

He used to be in the army. His rank?

Major.

Re:Too easy (1)

BattleApple (956701) | more than 7 years ago | (#16177753)

In highschool, my sister was friends with a girl whose father was "Dr. De Ath"

Re:Too easy (1)

osobear (761394) | more than 7 years ago | (#16190943)

In my high school was a girl, a very unfortunatly named girl, named "Terran Hymen." I don't know why her parents hated her enough to name her that.

Re:Too easy (1)

triso (67491) | more than 7 years ago | (#16192937)

In my high school was a girl, a very unfortunatly named girl, named "Terran Hymen." I don't know why her parents hated her enough to name her that.
Hey! I knew her. Did she have a brother named Buster?

Re:Too easy (3, Funny)

Memnos (937795) | more than 7 years ago | (#16172785)

I periodically experiment with my own mucus-riding robot. It's a tiny thing, composed of an exostruture and programming code within. I've named it "rhinitus".

Re:Too easy (3, Funny)

Fear the Clam (230933) | more than 7 years ago | (#16174309)

If the robot's going to through the intestines undigested, "peanut" would be a good name too.

Re:Too easy (1)

johansalk (818687) | more than 7 years ago | (#16175143)

What's the joke in Dodou? is it that it sounds like Dildo?

Re:Too easy (1)

phreakincool (975248) | more than 7 years ago | (#16175267)

Dodou - As in doo-doo. As in ca-ca. As in feces.

Re:Too easy (1)

triso (67491) | more than 7 years ago | (#16193079)

Someone doing intestinal research named Dodou. Come on at least make it a little bit more difficult for the peanut gallery than that
What is this, a Peter Sellers' movie?

Obligatory Cosby (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16172237)

"Dodou is testing a polymer material that clings to proteins found in the mucus that lines the gut ..."

Yes, but what will this tell us about two- and three-headed birds?!

...again... (1)

Iron Condor (964856) | more than 7 years ago | (#16172265)

New Scientist. The Weekly World News of science reporting...

Glad that's been done (1)

Alb_Be (972418) | more than 7 years ago | (#16172277)

I've always wondered what it would feel like to have a worm-like creature up my ass.

Re:Glad that's been done (1)

Walt Dismal (534799) | more than 7 years ago | (#16172499)

I've always wondered what it would feel like to have a worm-like creature up my ass.

1) Sadly, those were that last words of Billy-Bob Hinkley, of Fallen Springs, Alabama, one fateful night in April when he was drinking far too much Everclear when the aliens landed.

2) it's far better than a robot gerbil

3) this will NEVER replace the XBox 360 as a means of entertainment

4) the first experimental model was powered by an internal-combustion engine with a snorkel, but the Patent Office rejected the patent, as it was too obvious

Re:Glad that's been done (1)

Mistshadow2k4 (748958) | more than 7 years ago | (#16180355)

Ask a Japanese schoolgirl.

Enough of the "in theory" posts! (1)

ssummer (533461) | more than 7 years ago | (#16174017)

I'm tired of reading all these useless posts about stuff that someone thinks they might be able to do. From the article, there is no "snail-bot", muchless one that "glides through intestines". Completely misleading title and useless post. With no proof of concept, it's little more than educated-daydreaming.

On the other hand, I'm working on a new robot that "swims" through blood vessels and "eats" bad cholesterol. So far I've designed a fin that "might" make the (nonexistantant) robot swim, but I'm still "working on" creating the robot and how to get it to eat only the bad cholesterol. Celebrate me.

It looks like (2, Funny)

hyperbotfly (934309) | more than 7 years ago | (#16172273)

They found a new application for olestra.

For the first time... (5, Funny)

Psionicist (561330) | more than 7 years ago | (#16172291)

... an embedded device that deserves to run Microsoft Windows!

Re:For the first time... (2, Funny)

apharmdq (219181) | more than 7 years ago | (#16172545)

Dude, that's not such a hot idea. All it needs to do is fail its WGA check just once, and then you get to experience the adventure of installing a valid copy of Windows on a snail somewhere in the vicinity of your colon.

Re:For the first time... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16172653)

right... and since it already exploits a "back door" we can call it "W32/anal.worm"

Re:For the first time... (1)

mnmn (145599) | more than 7 years ago | (#16173487)

What if in the rectum, the robot gets stuck in a loop and climbs all the way up and pops into your mouth?

I say the OS for this thing better be reliable.

Re:For the first time... (2, Funny)

fbjon (692006) | more than 7 years ago | (#16176961)

So... how to root the machine?

Re:For the first time... (1)

Evil Pete (73279) | more than 7 years ago | (#16180417)

You could even christen it the POS Microsoft (Piece of Ship)

Next stop: Parasites Lost (4, Funny)

fahrbot-bot (874524) | more than 7 years ago | (#16172297)

Pretty soon, we'll just make miniature robotic versions of doctors and control the micro-droids using virtual reality gear! I can see the senario now...

To eliminate the worm infestation, the crew makes their way into Fry's bowel, and fights their way to the pelvic splanchnic ganglion, intending to cause a massive bowel movement:

  • Farnsworth: If we can stimulate that nerve, the bowel will convulse, expelling the entire worm society.
  • Hermes: But what about the worms in the other parts of his body?
  • Farnsworth: Listen, this is gonna be one hell of a bowel movement. Afterwards he'll be lucky if he has any bones left.

Re:Next stop: Parasites Lost (1)

Xichekolas (908635) | more than 7 years ago | (#16172647)

Shit explosion ftw!

Re:Next stop: Parasites Lost (1)

stunt_penguin (906223) | more than 7 years ago | (#16174001)

Nice one, this was the exact quote I had in mind when I saw the article ^^

Re:Next stop: Parasites Lost (1)

fahrbot-bot (874524) | more than 7 years ago | (#16177623)

Nice one, this was the exact quote I had in mind when I saw the article

Thanks. Whenever I read it I actually hear Farnsworth saying, "Afterwards he'll be lucky if he has any bones left." in my mind and it cracks me up every time. I think it's how his voice waivers on the word "bones".

I also have to hand it to you. I hope I don't offend, but "Stunt Penguin" is very funny. As Dave Barry would say, sounds like a good name for a rock band.

Re:Next stop: Parasites Lost (1)

stunt_penguin (906223) | more than 7 years ago | (#16178823)

Hehe, yea the name's a private joke- you know the bit in Batman Returns where The Penguin has a bunch of, well, penguins with the rockets strapped to their backs? We were watching it at home and my sister asked what type of penguins they were. Well........ I just replied, deadpan..... 'stunt penuins, stupid'.

Anyway, it's as good a signin name as any ^^

tagged "headlinesineverwantedtoread" (2, Funny)

bunions (970377) | more than 7 years ago | (#16172311)

right up there with "Giants trade Bonds, Snow for Carrot-Top" and "Heat-seeking flying lizards swarm city"

Someone write in and.... (2, Informative)

kbox (980541) | more than 7 years ago | (#16172351)

Tell Dodou, Things "glide through the intestines" pretty well on thier own already.

Re:Someone write in and.... (4, Funny)

Kizor (863772) | more than 7 years ago | (#16172509)

That only serves to prove that you've never been subjected to a colonoscopy gone wrong.
 
Which, from the patient's point of view, always happens.

Re:Someone write in and.... (1)

fbjon (692006) | more than 7 years ago | (#16177047)

Nothing glides through on their own without being powered somehow. Muscle contractions power feces, but only one way. This one does the work itself.

Re:Someone write in and.... (1)

It'sYerMam (762418) | more than 7 years ago | (#16178385)

Yes, you tell yourself that when a sudden burst of adrenalin relaxes your sphincter...

kbox/glide through the intestine...on their own (1)

baltimorelady (1005017) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181341)

You said, "Things "glide through the intestines" pretty well on their own already." That is under normal conditions. After surgery or if there is kinkor one has a hernia, etc. paralysis may set in. "There are two types of intestinal obstructions, mechanical and non-mechanical. Mechanical obstructions occur because the bowel is physically blocked and its contents can not pass the point of the obstruction. This happens when the bowel twists on itself (volvulus) or as the result of hernias, impacted feces, abnormal tissue growth, [[or the presence of foreign bodies in the intestines.]] That would be the robot, right? Unlike mechanical obstruction, non-mechanical obstruction, called ileus or paralytic ileus, occurs because peristalsis stops. Peristalsis is the rhythmic contraction that moves material through the bowel. Ileus is most often associated with an infection of the peritoneum (the membrane lining the abdomen). It is one of the major causes of bowel obstruction in infants and children. Another common cause of ileus is a disruption or reduction of the blood supply to the abdomen. Handling the bowel during abdominal surgery can also cause peristalsis to stop, so people who have had abdominal surgery are more likely to experience ileus. When ileus results from abdominal surgery the condition is often temporary and usually lasts only 48-72 hours." Judi

Jackass (1)

otacon (445694) | more than 7 years ago | (#16172383)

Reminds me of when Ryan Dunn shoved a toy car up his ass in Jackass the movie.

Um.. (1)

LBt1st (709520) | more than 7 years ago | (#16172417)

I'm pretty sure I don't need robots crawling all through my ass, thanks.

Re:Um.. (4, Informative)

Quadraginta (902985) | more than 7 years ago | (#16172489)

Just you wait, sonny. When you turn 55 or so, your other choice is to have the doc stick a fat periscope up there to take a look, screen you for bowel cancer. Bring on the robots, I say.

Barium sucks too (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16172641)

Just you wait, sonny. When you turn 55 or so, your other choice is to have the doc stick a fat periscope up there to take a look, screen you for bowel cancer. Bring on the robots, I say.


I'd agree with bringing on the micro robots, I only wish they'd come out faster. I'm 23 and I've been sick for the last 6 years with various gastro-intestinal problems. I've had 2 endoscopes before, and just 3 days ago I had my 2nd ultrasound and 2nd upper G.I test. I don't mind endoscopes since they drug me up first, ultrasounds aren't a problem either, but I hate upper G.I's since they involve drinking barium. Lower G.I's are even worse than upper G.I's, and I'm scheduled to go for my first lower G.I test in 2 weeks. Basically they give you a barium milkshake enema. To me that's pretty embarrassing, disgusting, degrading, I really wish they'd just shoot me instead...

Re:Barium sucks too (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16174111)

From a 28 year old with Crohn's Disease, best of luck to you. I've been through all the tests myself multiple times, and while they're certainly invasive, I find it's important to remember that these are medical professionals simply performing medical procedures to try to help you, so try to keep your spirits up and not let yourself feel overly embarrassed or degraded. Laugh at the situation if you can; at least that gives you some power over it.

I've had more than a few colonoscopies, and while they weren't entirely horrible because I was heavily drugged on Valium, Versed, and Demerol (apparently during one, I slightly came to and announced to the entire room that I loved my gastroenterologist, which obviously I don't - I suspect as the giver of all those medications I viewed her as someone special at the time), I certainly would love this new technology instead.

Re:Barium sucks too (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16174375)

Another thing to remember about them being medical professionals is that they perform this procedure to plenty of people, they've probably gotten all the attitudes and they've seen plenty of anuses.

Isn't that Roland's favorite hobby? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16172807)

He and Zonk spoon together and read New Scientist, looking for articles to repost here on Slashdot, and then count all the Ad $$$ as it rolls in.

Re:Um.. (1)

Deadstick (535032) | more than 7 years ago | (#16176321)

Far as I'm concerned, the stress of a colonoscopy is all in the prep: sucking down gallons of water and laxatives and going like a goose for 24 hours. They drug you out pretty good for the process.

With this robot deal, I think you'd have to do the same prep AND swallow Mini-Bender.

rj

Re:Um.. (1)

Hebbinator (1001954) | more than 7 years ago | (#16174639)

I, for one, welcome our new ass-robot overlords..

It sounds a bit uncomfortable, but.... (2, Funny)

CFD339 (795926) | more than 7 years ago | (#16172421)

...as the old man always says...

This too shall pass, in the end.

Re:It sounds a bit uncomfortable, but.... (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 7 years ago | (#16173409)

"This too shall pass, in the end."

Did you know these robots were voice controlled? Piece of advice: Don't use the word "Armageddon" before the operation is over.

asdf (1)

falsified (638041) | more than 7 years ago | (#16172461)

"New Robot Glides Through Intestines"

Lucky robot :(

Dupe? (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 7 years ago | (#16172481)

"New Robot Glides Through Intestines" Lucky robot :(

Must be high in fibre... fibre optics that is.

Isn't this story a dupe?> [slashdot.org]

Re:Dupe? (2, Insightful)

MaXiMiUS (923393) | more than 7 years ago | (#16172591)

Looking at the articles, they don't *seem* to be.. though they are extremely similar.

Re:asdf (1)

Blighten (992637) | more than 7 years ago | (#16173387)

naa... This robot definitely has a shitty job....

Update your AV (3, Funny)

DittoBox (978894) | more than 7 years ago | (#16172503)

A new virus has been discoverd: W32.e-tapeworm.

Re:Update your AV (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16172795)

They had better get robot insurance.

Do you guys mind? (2, Informative)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 7 years ago | (#16172521)

I'm trying to eat lunch here.

Just... (1)

XV-745 (994208) | more than 7 years ago | (#16172557)

...don't let it get hold of your splanchnic ganglion!!

Say it with me everyone: (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16172571)

Wiiiii!

Sounds like an interesting concept for a game. Think of what kind of franchises this could... erm, spawn.

PooRaider
Ridged Racer
Intestine Coaster Tycoon
Metal Gear Solids
"Quake"

Re:Say it with me everyone: (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16177253)

intestinator

Image (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16172699)

An image captured by the new robot is available here [goatse.cx] .

Re:Image (1)

johnsmith_12345 (921258) | more than 7 years ago | (#16172751)

If there was ever an appropriate time to post that....

Re:Image (1, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 7 years ago | (#16172889)

An image captured by the new robot is available here [goatsex link].

That was damage from the Microsoft Assbot 1.0. It had serious bugs.
       

What a coincidence. (1)

dosun88888 (265953) | more than 7 years ago | (#16172745)

I was just wondering what it would be like if a robot could smoothly penetrate my rectum to check for various maladies, and this pooped right up.

It's not every day that Slashdot knows exactly which articles I'll be most interested in, but once in a while I feel as if I'm in tune with the universe, and Slashdot is right there with me.

Oblig (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16172859)

I for one welcome our new mucus-riding robot overlords.

Improvement (4, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 7 years ago | (#16172879)

Anybody who has ever had a doctor shove one of those 20-foot metal hose snakes up their ass to look around will welcome such robots. I for one welcome our ass-dwelling robotic overlords. Better than the snakes they replace.

Re:Improvement (1)

Detritus (11846) | more than 7 years ago | (#16173319)

They are still going to have to flush out your gastrointestinal tract before deploying the robot.

When I had a colonoscopy done, the worst part was the doctor handing me a gallon jug of "colon flush" and telling me I had to drink the whole jug. Blech! Before the actual procedure, they gave me a shot of some nice drug that knocked me out.

Re:Improvement (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16199063)

i want these snakes out of my mother fucking ass!

But... (1)

zptao (979069) | more than 7 years ago | (#16172895)

If some disease or condition were to strike at the mucus lining, where would this robot go?

Re:But... (1)

samurphy21 (193736) | more than 7 years ago | (#16174089)

The same place everything goes down there. Washed out with the tide.

One-use? (1)

phorm (591458) | more than 7 years ago | (#16172977)

I wonder how much these cost? I'm guessing they aren't that cheap to produce, but I don't see them being very re-usable as one thing worse than having some robot go happily up your ass and then slip-sliding through your intestinal-tract is having one that's already been up somebody else's ass.

I mean, while some people might find this more convenient than other methods if it were a one shot-deal... but I'm also wondering on how the disinfect these suckers afterwords.

Cool tech, but... yuck!

Re:One-use? (1)

samurphy21 (193736) | more than 7 years ago | (#16174097)

Probably the same way they disinfect the scopes that go up the bum, I'd wager. Once it's done it's job, it goes into a heated vat of disinfectant, then stored in a sterile environment until it's up the pooper again.

Obligatory jokes (1)

Maniakes (216039) | more than 7 years ago | (#16173011)

1. In Soviet Russia, robot glides though YOU!
2. In Korea, robots only glide through old people's intestines.
3. How many Libraries of Congress can this robot hold in its internal memory?
4. So they can make mucus-gliding robots, but where's my flying car?
5. ???
6. Profit!

Re:Obligatory jokes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16176557)

Yes, but can it run linux?

Forgot one... (1)

Aqua_boy17 (962670) | more than 7 years ago | (#16190787)

That's no moon...

Not as violational as... (1)

QuantumFTL (197300) | more than 7 years ago | (#16173261)

For my masters project, I worked on a snake-like robotic arm. You can imagine the proctology jokes, I am sure.

Re:Not as violational as... (2, Funny)

Orange Crush (934731) | more than 7 years ago | (#16175433)

For my masters project, I worked on a snake-like robotic arm.

What did your master use the robot arm for?

Re:Not as violational as... (1)

fbjon (692006) | more than 7 years ago | (#16177089)

Violational proctology of course, what else?

I'm shocked - almost confused! (1)

QuantumFTL (197300) | more than 7 years ago | (#16173483)

What, 45 comments and no gay/anal probe jokes? Where is the GNAA when you need them!?!

Re:I'm shocked - almost confused! (1)

Sloppy (14984) | more than 7 years ago | (#16175729)

Where the hell are the cyber-gerbil jokes?!?

Re:I'm shocked - almost confused! (1)

QuantumFTL (197300) | more than 7 years ago | (#16177069)

I think this is more like a snail than a gerbil, but nicely put, Sloppy!

OM MY GAWD! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16173517)

That thing is REAL!

#irc.trooltalk.com (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16173625)

one-a-day (1)

DohnJoe (900898) | more than 7 years ago | (#16173647)

one every day will keep you fit and regular.

Marketing. We need a name! (1)

bdwoolman (561635) | more than 7 years ago | (#16173681)

Dr. Doo Doo's Snot Bot.

Gives some new meaning to.. (1)

Tairnyn (740378) | more than 7 years ago | (#16174247)

a buffer overflow causing a core dump.

Perfect Promotional Tie-In! (1)

dbretton (242493) | more than 7 years ago | (#16175199)

White Castle Slider Bot! Goes through you almost as fast as our burgers do!

Now all we need (1)

kernel_pat (964314) | more than 7 years ago | (#16175293)

is a machine that can shrink people to pilot this machine.

Yah what the heck is this??? (1)

trupoet (114382) | more than 7 years ago | (#16185571)

A vehicle for ANTS????

It needs to be at least ..... 3x that big !!

Get these babies to run on fuel cells (1)

mswope (242988) | more than 7 years ago | (#16175731)

and get the microreactor [slashdot.org] guys to switch methane and you might have something here!

Finally! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16175799)

C-3PO can live out his purpose!

I know what Frank Zappa would have said about this (1)

supertsaar (540181) | more than 7 years ago | (#16176733)

It looks just like a Telefunken U-47.....

I've said this before (1)

Plutonite (999141) | more than 7 years ago | (#16178015)

With this kind of technology, there is one small fault:
When you fart, it's game over for the guy with the joystick (how else do you control these things?).

Please think of the gerbils... (1)

Blackforge (8018) | more than 7 years ago | (#16179021)

use a robot

Nice replacement... (1)

Vexler (127353) | more than 7 years ago | (#16179351)

...for metamucil.

Cue Dr. Zoidberg (1)

Unanimous Cowturd (891079) | more than 7 years ago | (#16198869)

"There's no part of that sentence I didn't like!"
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