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Calling Doctor Roboto by ProQuest


Robot developer Adept Technology Inc will collaborate with the UK's Prosurgics Ltd to develop robots to perform image-guided and navigated neurological and soft tissue surgery. Hospitals are increasingly interested in using robotic systems to perform minimally invasive procedures. Engineers introduced robots to the operating room in the late 1990s, but they got off to a bumpy start, said Adept chief technology officer David Pap Rocki. The new system, for example, will use filters to remove microtremors in surgeons' hands, so robotic motions are smooth yet precise. Adept will also adapt its vision technology for surgery. The system currently registers parts moving on a conveyor belt against a template so a robot can determine their quality and orientation before manipulating them.

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