Meet CMU’s Snake Robot, Your New Surgeon

(Photo Credit: KDKA)

(Photo Credit: KDKA)

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PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — In the movies, robots are usually unstoppable killing machines bent on human extinction like in the “Terminator” films, or they’re cute and misunderstood like in “Short Circuit” or “Wall-E,” but has a robot ever been a doctor?

Imagine a future where tiny robots go into your body and perform intricate medical procedures like heart surgery, and they don’t leave a scar or even require a doctor to be present. It’s what they’re developing at Carnegie Mellon University right here in Pittsburgh, and apparently that future isn’t that far off.

KDKA AM’s Larry Richert and John Shumway talk to CMU robotics professor Howie Choset about how his snake robots are being developed for all kinds applications, including surgery, and what other cool things they’re designing here in Pittsburgh.

Click the link below to listen to the full interview: