According to a cool article over at MSNBC, articulated snakebots may soon be crawling down your throat, up your pipes and into your heart.

Currently, most snake-inspired robots are made to crawl around on the ground, but according to Dennis Hong, Director of the Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory, the snakebot will use flexible universal joints to roll up scaffolds or right into your mouth.

It has huge applications for construction, with the robot’s ability to climb about anywhere. This could potentially reduce injuries on the work sites by a significant amount.

Their medical applications could see them rolling down your esophagus to check out… aw who cares, it’s awesome!

Picture Dennis Hong/Virginia Tech