Two Linked Vasculocytes
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Two hexagonal vasculocytes, each measuring 2.7 microns in diameter, float in a clear suspension fluid. The two nanorobots are linked via docking ports in their adjacent metamorphic bumpers. Expansion or contraction of the bumpers allows the docked pair to vary their separation distance and thus to stationkeep over a periodically-stretching tissue surface such as an arterial vessel wall. Numerous mechanical legs providing locomotion, surface sensing, and other manipulation capabilities are visible beneath both units.
©Copyright 1998 Interworld Productions, LLC, P.O. Box 30121, Seattle, WA 98103. For reprint permission, please contact Forrest Bishop at [email protected]. The Vasculocyte was conceived and designed by Robert A. Freitas Jr., whose permission is also required.