Apr 15 2008Robotic Heart Surgery Snake Is Mad Scary


Scientists (or at least people that wear those awesome white lab coats) at Carnegie Mellon University recently unveiled the CardioArm. It's a snake looking robot that was created to aid during heart surgery.

CardioArm is a jointed robot, allowing you to control its head while the rest of its joints follow exactly where the head has been to avoid any accidental internal injuries. The robot wraps itself around the heart until it finds what it's sent inside the body for (i.e., to remove damaged tissues).

They're still working on getting the size of the robot down, and hope to eventually create a unit that can fit inside blood vessels and requires no incision to enter the body. That's right folks, I'm talking about swallowing one.

These modifications include the ability of the robot to pass through natural openings like the mouth, as well creating a model with multiple tentacles able to enter through a single opening, but branch out to where they're supposed to go once inside the body.

So yeah, swallowing a multiple-tentacle robotic snake/octopus. Not too sure how I feel about that. Except for holy shit, I'm going to start eating right and exercising more.

Uncensored picture of the the snake winding through some body part, after the jump.


Robotic Snake Can Perform Heart Surgeries [inventorspot]

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EEEAAARRRGGHHH that's so gross looking. And the idea of swallowing something multi-tentacled reminds me too much of some of the yuckier parts of the Matrix.

First doctor who tries to stick his snake in me will get a very cheap vasectomy. Doubly so if it has tentacles on it.

Am I the only one who saw that and immediately thought of a Goa'uld?

This does nothing more than remind why I fear doctors and their instruments of torture.
Next they'll have a Venus Fly-Trap shaped speculum, complete with the little "hairs".

And I know, I know, my spelling has been "off" here the past couple of days. I think those hideously ugly comic shoes overloaded my brain. Time for more burbon, that'll dull the pain.

But I thought only boys had tentacles?

This shit is a major turn on.

so... it enters "natural openings". Not even gonna follow that stream of consciousness. I scare myself.

I got nuthin! I think I need to hit my head against the wall.

Oh wait! I think........Nah, false alarm....still got nuthin......

Awwww, it's cute!

I love how they bothered to give it the orange/red banded appearance of a venomous snake, because I'm sure they didn't have to.

@ 11, I think the snake is just metal rings with a yellow silicone cover. The read is blood I think cause you see it kind of smear halfway up the snake

SCIENCE. Mixing tentacle hentai with medicine.

God bless you, Science, god bless you...

so how is this any different from the endoscopy and colonoscopy equipment they use these days?

i rather have this than an open heart surgery that you're likely to die from.

fear of the unknown.

That's the new era of science. Soon there will be fewer doctors performing these kinds of procedures/surgeries.

I still think that the Da Vinci is a more amazing heart surgery robot... heres a pic: http://heartbypass.org/images/da-vinci-robot-minimally-invasive-coronary-artery-bypass-surgery.gif

Well they will have to make an incision somewhere because you cant get into the bloodstream through the mouth!

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