Man swallows camera live on stage to show us the insides of his stomach

Alex Luebke swallowing PillBot on stage during TED talk
(Image credit: TED)

I love a TED Talk, but this latest one goes further than most in explaining new concepts in a way that everyone can understand. Hats off to Alex Luebke, who went a step further than most by swallowing a miniature camera live on stage – so that everyone could see how his invention worked.

Luebke was demonstrating the PillBot – a small wireless camera that can show the inside of your stomach, and can be remotely controlled by a doctor. The idea is that this simple-to-use diagnostic tool can be used to replace more invasive procedures using endoscopes, and diagnose issues such as cancers or ulcers more quickly and more cheaply.

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 15 Pro Max.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.