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Biomedical applications of untethered mobile milli/microrobots

2015

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Untethered robots miniaturized to the length scale of millimeter and below attract growing attention for the prospect of transforming many aspects of health care and bioengineering. As the robot size goes down to the order of a single cell, previously inaccessible body sites would become available for high-resolution in situ and in vivo manipulations. This unprecedented direct access would enable an extensive range of minimally invasive medical operations. Here, we provide a comprehensive review of the current advances in biomedical untethered mobile milli/microrobots. We put a special emphasis on the potential impacts of biomedical microrobots in the near future. Finally, we discuss the existing challenges and emerging concepts associated with designing such a miniaturized robot for operation inside a biological environment for biomedical applications.

Author(s): Sitti, Metin and Ceylan, Hakan and Hu, Wenqi and Giltinan, Joshua and Turan, Mehmet and Yim, Sehyuk and Diller, Eric
Journal: Proceedings of the IEEE
Volume: 103
Number (issue): 2
Pages: 205--224
Year: 2015
Month: March
Day: 24
Publisher: IEEE

Department(s): Physical Intelligence
Research Project(s): Magnetic microrobots
Pill-sized endoscopic swallowable robots
Bibtex Type: Article (article)

DOI: 10.1109/JPROC.2014.2385105

BibTex

@article{sitti2015biomedical,
  title = {Biomedical applications of untethered mobile milli/microrobots},
  author = {Sitti, Metin and Ceylan, Hakan and Hu, Wenqi and Giltinan, Joshua and Turan, Mehmet and Yim, Sehyuk and Diller, Eric},
  journal = {Proceedings of the IEEE},
  volume = {103},
  number = {2},
  pages = {205--224},
  publisher = {IEEE},
  month = mar,
  year = {2015},
  month_numeric = {3}
}