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Italian Scientists Put Robot Spiders In Your Colon 203

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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Italian Scientists Put Robot Spiders In Your Colon

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  • USP? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by clickclickdrone ( 964164 ) on Monday October 12, 2009 @09:55AM (#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.
  • by clickclickdrone ( 964164 ) on Monday October 12, 2009 @10:18AM (#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:USP? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by nedlohs ( 1335013 ) on Monday October 12, 2009 @10:39AM (#29718745)

    More "God help you" I think.

  • Re:USP? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by aliquis ( 678370 ) <> on Monday October 12, 2009 @01:18PM (#29720803) Homepage

    Seriously, I hate those suckers.

    For whatever reason I may had developed "anal abscess" which is like a pimple in/outside your butt (mine was outside.)

    Anyway before cutting it open they want to investigate that it haven't spread so they feel around with their finger.

    But the thing is that at the first place the nurse was really hot, and well, it didn't hurt that much.

    Anyway I had to go to the emergency ward to have it cut open and there was a male doctor over there instead and well, one would assume those would be somewhat experienced and know how to make it as gentle as possible but no, he more or less just told me to relax (without giving me enough time to think about how to do that ...) and thrusted his finger in there.

    And well, that wasn't so nice and hurt a little.

    Later I was thinking about why they where so harsh and then I thought to myself that probably it was just because so many men are homophobes and don't want people poking around their anus aka "foreplay" because it makes them feel uncomfortable but wtf.

    Retarded. Be gentle to my anus :(

    I wouldn't ask him for a date even if he had been gentle, the nurse however ... I was thinking about going back there with some flowers ..

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