An Origami Robot Can Retrieve Things Kids Weren't Supposed To Swallow
This robot can be swallowed like a pill to remove harmful items, like batteries, from the body.By Ben Lawson | May 13, 2016
You might soon be able to swallow a tiny, folding robot to avoid certain invasive surgeries.
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say their origami robot can retrieve single-cell batteries, which kids often swallow, and can even patch up wounds.
Over 3,500 incidents of people swallowing button batteries are reported every year: Most of them are toddlers. When left in the body for too long, they can trigger a chemical reaction that can cause burns.