This robot pukes so we don't have to. Larry the projectile vomiting robot spews all over the place, and it's for a good cause.
Larry was created by microbiologist Catherine Makison-Booth at the United Kingdom's Health and Safety Laboratory in the Occupational Hygiene Unit. The lab's scientists hope this robot can show exactly how the norovirus, which causes violent vomiting, spreads from human to human. Once we know where the puke goes, we can contain the virus better.
Fortunately Larry isn't full of real human vomit. Instead, Larry is an open-mouthed dummy like the kind medical students use to practice intubations mounted on a five-foot-tall frame. His esophagus is attached to a cylinder filled with water and fluorescent liquid. When it's go time, the scientists use a special pump to propel the liquid out through Larry's open mouth, according to ABC News' Erin McLaughlin.
Once the robot has finished puking, the lab scientists use ultraviolet light to see where the liquid has traveled across a grid on the floor. Larry's puke goes quite the distance, too, the projectile falling nearly 10 feet from his face. Blarf!