Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have made a swallowable capsule robot that they can anchor to specific spots in the gut. In the center of the capsule robot rests a leg; the transparent polymer elastomer footpad is visible. The footpads are covered with oil-coated micropillars that stick to tissue without damaging it.
The Talaris vehicle is being tested at 50%, 65%, and 75% throttle, hovering at each level before increasing to the next thrust threshold. The test vehicle will be able to simulate the moon’s gravity by removing 5/6 of its own weight, which will help develop guidance, navigation and control algorithms for the Next Giant Leap team’s lunar hopper.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory recently tested the LIDAR sensors and algorithms that will translate raw data into a 3-D terrain map of the moon’s surface for future lunar-landing expeditions. This video describes the test and the technology used for autonomous landings and hazard detection.
This animation shows how InSightec’s high-intensity ultrasound technology, used in conjunction with magnetic resonance imaging, can destroy small pieces of diseased brain tissue without cutting into the skull.