Science Fiction Dictionary
A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z

 

Disco Capsule Endoscope Theme Park Video

Capsule endoscopes have been around since the late 1990's. The basic idea is that you swallow a tiny camera that takes pictures of your intestinal tract as it is pushed through by peristalsis (the muscular contractions that move food along). A physician reviews the pictures and saves you the effort of getting a full colonoscopy.

The video attached below is an entirely different kettle of fish altogether. Part promotion, part meticulous engineering diagram, part spacey consciousness-expanding overflight, part disco, part theme park (no, really!), this entirely serious informational video must be seen (and heard) to be believed.


(Sayaka capsule endoscope video)

In fact, as far as I know, all of these features have been duplicated by other capsule endoscopes, notably the one by Olympus. But they don't have cool videos, do they?

The Sayaka capsule endoscope has a camera that spins around within the capsule, photographing one small section of the intestinal wall at a time.


(The Sayaka capsule endoscope's rotating camera)

The camera provides its own little flash, as well, providing intermittent lighting (or disco strobe!) during its eight-meter journey, which can last up to eight hours.


(Great view from behind capsule showing flash)

As many as 870,000 pictures are transmitted outside the body to a receiving unit. The software application that goes with the camera then stitches together the pictures into a smooth mosaic representing the inner surface of the intestinal tract.


(The Sayaka capsule endoscope creates an intestinal wall mosaic)

You're probably wondering about the theme park. Well, if the Disney people who made the rides at Epcot's Wonders of Life pavilion ever get a hold of this video (and maybe sponsorship by Sayaka, Olympus or one of the other companies), that ride is a done deal. I can hear that music now as my little four-person capsule is pushed gently along the track...

Via Pink Tentacle.

Scroll down for more stories in the same category. (Story submitted 1/5/2007)

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 ( 0 )

Related News Stories - (" Medical ")

Brainoware Reservoir Computation Of Biological Neural Networks
'Head cheese. Cultured brains on a slab.' - Peter Watts, 1999.

Forward CarePod The AI Doctor's Office
'It's an old model,' Rawlins said. 'I'm not sure what to do.'

Octopus Suckers Inspire Transdermal Patches
'...a capsule which he placed against his wrist.' - Philip K. Dick, 1960.

'Droplet' Battery Microscale Power Pack
'...a power pack the size of a pea.' - Alfred Bester, 1956.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Science Fiction Timeline
1600-1899
1900-1939
1940's   1950's
1960's   1970's
1980's   1990's
2000's   2010's

Current News

Ulm Sleep Pods For The Homeless
'The lid lifted and she crawled inside...'

Prophetic Offers Lucid Dreaming Halo With Morpheus-1 AI
''Leads trail away from insertion points on her face and wrist... to a lucid dreamer...'

More Like A Tumblebug Than A Motorcycle
'It is about the size and shape of a kitchen stool, gyro-stabilized on a single wheel...'

Tesla Camera-Only Vision Predicted In 1930's SF
'By its means, the machine can see.'

First Ever Proof Of Water On Asteroids
'Yes, strangely enough there was still sufficient water beneath the surface of Vesta.'

Aptera Solar EV More Stylish Than Heinlein Steel Tortoise
'When confronted by hills, or rough terrain, it did not stop, but simply slowed until the task demanded equaled its steady power output.'

Gigantic Space Sunshade Would Fight Global Warming
'...the light of the sun had been polarized by two crossed fields so that no radiation could pass.'

Untethered Spacewalk's 50th Anniversary
'But that space walk of mine wasn't so very amazing.'

ESA Designs Huge Inflatable Moonbase
'It was like being inside a balloon; indeed, that was exactly where he was.'

AlphaGarden Robot Cares For Gardens Better Than Humans
'...a simple clock-set servok with pipe and hose arms.'

Let's Make Slaver Sunflowers! Engineering Plants To Reflect Light
'The mirror-blossom was a terrible weapon.'

TeslaBot Uber Driver (2024) And The Automatic Motorist (1911)
'Robots have worse problems than anybody'

DiffuseBot Uses Generative AI To Invent New Soft Robots
'It embodies several small-scale multiple stampers, apparently for dealing with sheet metal.'

Philips Smart Palm Recognition Smart Deadbolt
'A palm lock must be keyed to one individual's hand shape...'

BMind Smart Mirror from Baracoda
Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who has the greatest wellness of all?

Ballie Your AI Robot Companion From Samsung
Projects your content anywhere you like.

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.