This Ingestible Origami “Robot” Is Made Of Meat And Unfolds In Your Stomach

Researchers from MIT have designed a new ingestible “robot” that could one day be used to patch internal wounds, deliver medicine, or remove accidentally swallowed objects from the stomach.

The design consists of a specially folded sheet of dried pig intestine (usually used in sausage casing) and a tiny magnet. Folded up, this capsule can be swallowed by a patient.

It then hits the stomach and unfolds in the acidic juices, where it can be guided to complete certain tasks using external magnets.