Guess what is the latest guinea pig to test out the smallest robot? You won’t believe it but it a cockroach! Small robots called nanorobots or nanobots are being tested to eventually reach inside the human body to detect diseases and provide treatment then and there at the site. These bots are invisible to the naked eye and are measured in nano-meters (1 nanometer = 0.0000000001 meter)
These nano robotics kits have been put together, programmed and are being tested at Harvard University. These nanobots comprising of DNA strands can fold or unfold like folded piece of paper, and can interact with each other like a mesh of networked computers while moving around inside the cockroach’s body. The scientists programmed the nanobots to unfold and release a molecule when it encountered a specific protein. Scientists were able to track these nanobots with a fluorescent marker placed on the each nanobot.
According to the University spokesperson this was the first time that such biological therapy was made to work like a computer processor. And there is a reason why a cockroach and not a mammal was used – because cockroaches do not reject the nanobots. Which precisely is the next challenge to find a way that a mammals body does not reject the nanobot.
With these developments moving at a rapid pace it is possible that the average age of a human might easily extend to beyond 100 years. These fields of study offer interesting opportunities for students in the future. It is important for us as parents to provide our children a peep into this robotic world early on. This can be done by introducing them to robotic kits and toys and exposing them to content which they will find exciting.