Sunday, September 16, 2012

Linux Based Surgical Robot


Researchers at the University of Washington, in Seattle, are about to release numerous robotic surgeons called 'RAVEN'. Raven is the first surgical robot to use open source software. With the help of Ravens, surgeons can make tiny incisions that cause less tissue damage, enabling the patient to recover fast .

The Linux based OS of the robot allow anyone to modify and improve the original code. The robots have wing-like arms, are light weight and compact.

American regulators have not approved RAVEN yet and present experiments are restricted to only animals and human cadavers. most robot assisted surgery today are performed using Da Vinci surgical system. Unlike RAVEN, Da Vinci system is immobile, weighs more than half a tonne. It uses proprietory software, which cannot be modified.

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