Cloaca No. 5 Bionic Bowel, At Last

Bionic arms? Got'em. Robotic hands? Got'em. Robotic legs? You bet. Mechanical heart? Temporary replacement version, check. How about an artificial, mechanical gut?

Cloaca No. 5 is just what we've all been waiting for. No more dependence on our own digestive systems. Cloaca No. 5 is a bionic bowel, a mechanical gut. Behold the future of digestive mechanics.


(Cloaca No. 5, the bionic bowel)

An art project created by Wim Delvoye, Cloaca No. 5 takes leftovers from museum and gallery cafeterias, and does what you and I do best - turn whatever it consumes into fecal matter. Which it presents in packaged form.

There is actually a more serious side to this device. Cancers of the stomach, colon and intestine are very serious; there is no real replacement for these organs. Might this be an early step towards a solution to the problem?

Update 05-Feb-2009: Moved by the peristalsis-like proddings of readers, I did some more looking and found an artificial stomach created several years ago in 2006.


(Norwich's Institute of Food Research artificial stomach)

This device was constructed at Norwich's Institute of Food Research; the intent is to spur the development of foods. It has about half the capacity of a typical human stomach, and seems to be a vegetarian so far.

Software sets the parameters of the artificial gut — how long food remains in a particular part of the stomach, predicted hormone responses at various stages, and whether it is an infant or adult gut.

Unlike previous gut models, Wickham's model incorporates the physiological elements of digestion, including the stomach contractions that break up food and move it along the assembly line of human digestion.

"There have been lots of jam-jar models of digestion before," said Dr. Martin Wickham of Norwich's Institute of Food Research. "This model is important because it gets the science of digestion right."

End update.

As far as I know, even Steve Austin, the Six Million Dollar Man, never had any bionic replacements for this organ. Truly, the future is here today.

From Wim Delvoye via Gizmodo.

Scroll down for more stories in the same category. (Story submitted 2/4/2009)

Follow this kind of news @Technovelgy.

| Email | RSS | Blog It | Stumble | del.icio.us | Digg | Reddit |

Would you like to contribute a story tip? It's easy:
Get the URL of the story, and the related sf author, and add it here.

Comment/Join discussion ( 10 )

Related News Stories - (" Medical ")

Will The FDA Approve This Antiaging Drug?
'So what we're looking for now is... an anti-agathic, an anti-death drug.' - James Blish, 1951.

EVE Artificial Womb For Lambs (For Now)
'In the crimson darkness, stewing warm on their cushion of peritoneum and gorged with blood-surrogate and hormones...' - Aldous Huxley, 1932.

Bees Royal Jelly Helps Wounds Heal Faster
'An alien drug... used by an insect race.' - Clifford Simak, 1961.

3D Printed Bionic Chinese Skin
Designer skin for everyone!

 

Google
  Web TechNovelgy.com   

Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!) is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for the Invention Category that interests you, the Glossary, the Invention Timeline, or see what's New.

 

 

 

 

 

Current News

Biggest HiSeas 'Mars Mission' Problem? No Internet
I think sf writers have this covered!

Clever Electric Truck Generates More Power Than It Uses
Better than a fictional electrotruck!

Eden-ISS, Greenhouse In Antarctica
'With this kind of light we could get the gardens going again."

Make Space Tools On The Spot (Like Moties)
'A moment ago it was squeezing silver toothpaste in a ribbon...'

Will Robots Be Moral If We Raise Them Like Our Children?
'The birth of Machine, my robot child...'

Foldable Galaxy Phones, I Swear They're Coming (Maybe)
How hard can it be?

Bacteria Behave Differently In Space
'The Republic struggled to control its Sours...'

Brain Connected To Internet - ‘Brainternet'
Fascinating!

Artificial Spider Silk
You can also use it to make a roof - on an asteroid.

MIT Tunes Ions For Frictionless Surface - Superlubricity!
'My telelubricator here neutralizes the interatomic bonds the surface of any solid...'

Seiko Astron Always Knows Your Time Zone
'Harrington glanced at his wrist watch - a bulky affair - and whistled.'

Robot Buddhist Priest Chants, Drums
'He crossed the waiting room to the Padre booth...'

Koniku Kore, Mouse Brain-Based Chip, Detects Explosives
'As a matter of fact, this mouse is going to keep on thinking forever.'

CNH Industrial Autonomous Tractor Concept Video
'...the tiny red glints of self-guided tractors.'

The Neuroon Open Sleep Tracker For Lucid Dreaming
'Leads trail away from insertion points on her face and wrist... to a lucid dreamer on the bedside shelf.'

Siri Now Smoother, Perkier (Thanks, Deep Learning!)
'Good morning, Dr. Chandra. This is Hal.'

More SF in the News Stories

More Beyond Technovelgy science news stories

Home | Glossary | Invention Timeline | Category | New | Contact Us | FAQ | Advertise |
Technovelgy.com - where science meets fiction™

Copyright© Technovelgy LLC; all rights reserved.