Anosmia, the inability to smell, isn't as well-known as blindness or deafness, but it still affects an estimated two million people in the US. A new breakthrough has cured anosmia in mice... and the human impact could be far greater.
Roboticists at Keio University in Tokyo are experimenting with machines that simulate the movement of cilia, the tiny hairs that line cellular surfaces and help microorganisms get around. Are we witnessing the birth of giant robotic germs? Short answer: yes.
If I was trapped in a pile of earthquake rubble, I'd do just about anything to get the hell out as soon as possible. But if this cilia-covered rescue snakebot squirmed it's way up my leg, I think the chances of heart failure might need to be factored in. It's called the Active Scope Camera, and it was conceived by…