Event Title

The Fantastic Voyage: Microrobots and the Human Body

Presenter Information

David Cappelleri

Streaming Media

Infographic

Description

In the Fantastic Voyage movie from 1966, scientists shrink a submarine and its human crew to microscopic size and then inject it into a patient. Once inside, the submarine drives its way through the bloodstream and into the brain, where members of the crew leave the vessel and use laser guns to perform delicate surgery.

In the 1996 children’s book by Joanna Cole called The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body, the magic school bus shrinks Ms. Frizzle and her class and they get eaten by a classmate! Then they begin their fantastic trip through the human body: they fall into the stomach, into the bloodstream, through the heart, into muscles, and finally out of the student’s nose!

Are these stories just science fiction? Thanks to recent developments in small scale manufacturing, robotics, and biology we are actually a lot closer to having stories like this become a reality. In this session, we will discuss the recent breakthroughs in these areas workinIn the Fantastic Voyage movie from 1966, scientists shrink a submarine and its human crew to microscopic size and then inject it into a patient. Once inside, the submarine drives its way through the bloodstream and into the brain, where members of the crew leave the vessel and use laser guns to perform delicate surgery.

Location

Stewart 218

Start Date

9-27-2017 10:00 AM

 
Sep 27th, 10:00 AM

The Fantastic Voyage: Microrobots and the Human Body

Stewart 218

In the Fantastic Voyage movie from 1966, scientists shrink a submarine and its human crew to microscopic size and then inject it into a patient. Once inside, the submarine drives its way through the bloodstream and into the brain, where members of the crew leave the vessel and use laser guns to perform delicate surgery.

In the 1996 children’s book by Joanna Cole called The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body, the magic school bus shrinks Ms. Frizzle and her class and they get eaten by a classmate! Then they begin their fantastic trip through the human body: they fall into the stomach, into the bloodstream, through the heart, into muscles, and finally out of the student’s nose!

Are these stories just science fiction? Thanks to recent developments in small scale manufacturing, robotics, and biology we are actually a lot closer to having stories like this become a reality. In this session, we will discuss the recent breakthroughs in these areas workinIn the Fantastic Voyage movie from 1966, scientists shrink a submarine and its human crew to microscopic size and then inject it into a patient. Once inside, the submarine drives its way through the bloodstream and into the brain, where members of the crew leave the vessel and use laser guns to perform delicate surgery.