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Smart Planet: New innovation to discover more of the Great Pyramid of Giza

Ng Tze-chen has organized a international team to unlock the mystery surrounding the doors that are blocking two narrow shafts.
11.03.12 | Interesting article at Smart Planet

A Hong Kong dentist has invented new tools to search for answers inside the Great Pyramid of Giza, which is the last surviving example of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, Reuters reports.

Ng Tze-chen has organized a international team to unlock the mystery surrounding the doors that are blocking two narrow shafts in the Great Pyramid. These two shafts is said to be Pharao Cheop’s tomb, also known as Khufu.

Ng has designed 70 of his own tools in his dentist practice to properly grip the tricky crevices of the patient’s teeth. These tools have been an inspirations in creating the tools they will be using on the tomb. He said his team will mount tiny grippers on an insect-sized robot expected to gently trek the winding shafts of the pyramid, without causing damage to the walls.

“Why Egypt is so interesting, is because of the hieroglyphics. It’s like a detective story. It’s all waiting for me to use my grippers” Ng said.

The two shafts–that rise from the chamber in the pyramid– and their doors have puzzled archeologists since they were first discovered in 1872. There is some speculation that Khufu’s burial chamber might lie beyond the doors.

The robot will carry cameras and travel up the shafts that are so narrow only a small robot could fit. It will eventually drill through the two doors and record what it finds behind it.The international team plans to use the robot this spring, depending on when the license to do so will be issued, Ng said.

“I want to test my grippers in the most secretive places,” Ng said.” I want to see my tools used on sea, land and space.” Ng, who already has an impressive record, was also behind the concept to use a rock-sampling tool on board the Beagle 2 mission to Mars in 2003.

Ng said that Egypt is one of the testing grounds for his toys and talk of the apocalyptical Curse of the Pharaohs that illness or death of anybody that disturbs the mummy of and ancient Egyptian, does not face him.

“No matter, curse or no curse, I just want to take a peek. That’s it,” he said. “And then I will run.”