The digestive system is amazing!
@A Blunt Object, Right? It takes a roomful of machinery to do the same thing that our bodies does. We all carry this 'machine' around with us everywhere we go!
Oh and do note that the Cloaca machine simulates the digestive system via chemical processes. That's it. Our bodies does that AND takes the food and converts it to energy! *mindblown*
@Diabolik, in fairness to the machine the digestive system is about 30 feet long.
@Diabolik, how long does it take to do the complete digestion with defecation?
@megamanx181x, I believe around 5-6 hours...Wim wanted to replicate the digestive system exactly, with the exact chemical ratios and time between the different stages. There's also options configurable into the computer where it can even simulate diarrhea by modifying one or more of the stages. So you can put any type of food into one end (in the picture, the food is placed at the far left, and the far right (with the conveyor belt) produces the fecal matter. You can then program it to have a normal digestion or simulate a scenario where it will produce diarrhea.
Wim went through several iterations of this system as technology advanced where the machine took up less room. However, it's still absolutely astounding. Our bodies are amazing complex carbon based machines that take an enormous amount of actual hardware and software to just emulate one specific function. Dialysis is another example! Huge machines are needed to take the place of a fist sized organ called a kidney!
@Diabolik, that does sound fascinating, I like to see the break down with lactose intolerant
So other people's opinions come out the other end you say?
What a sh!t show
Pfffft, my parents did this in 1986, where is there recognition?
@Not him again, where did they put the food?
@JAMA, my ass, just like south park taught us
@Not him again, that’s the first think I thought of as well!