Researchers at the Max Planck for Intelligent Systems in Germany have developed a centimeter-sized robot with soft and hard elements inspired by pangolins. This robot, equipped with overlapping aluminum plates and magnetic materials, can shape-shift and produce heat when subjected to magnetic fields. It can deliver drugs, stop bleeding, and potentially incinerate cancer cells in a targeted manner by raising its temperature above a safe level for normal cells. The robot’s ability to change shape and generate heat makes it a promising tool for precise medical interventions, such as drug delivery and localized cancer treatment.

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November 21, 2023 6:50 pm

Wow that’s such a cool scientific development! Thanks for sharing this. I wonder what downsides there may be to using these small robots. Maybe they’re high maintenance or expensive? I feel like it would be hard for such tiny robots to generate significant heat to kill cancer invasions, unless if they are in a very huge quantity. According to this source, a nanobot can cost up to $100,000 so it might not be quite financially feasible.

November 21, 2023 4:11 pm

interesting topic kenny. I hear what you are saying about “It can deliver drugs, stop bleeding, and potentially incinerate cancer cells in a targeted manner”. having robots be able to heal wounds and stabilize patients will help out a lot. But it could have unforeseen consequences.

November 21, 2023 4:06 pm

This is a very interesting post. I was just wondering if you have a source for this information. is this article the source of your post. I’m also curious about how the robot would move about the body, would it move through the blood stream?

November 21, 2023 4:05 pm

I think this is very interesting. Technology is becoming more and more important in every aspect of life, and instead of viewing as an obstacle to overcome, we should see it as an advantage that helps more people. And it sounds like the people at this Institute in Germany have done just that. Also, when you said “precise medical interventions, such as drug delivery and localized cancer treatment.” it made me think the less room we leave for human error, such as skipping a medication, the safer the patients will be. How else are these robots being used, though? And there has to be medical stipulations or requirements; what are the ones specifically relating to this discovery?

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