TU/e develops more compact surgery robot

27th September 2010, Comments 0 comments


A research scientist at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven Eindhoven University of Technology, or TU/e has developed a robot that allows surgeons to carry out remote surgery with greater precision. TU/e said in a statement released on Monday that the new machine is more compact than current surgery robots, which makes it easier to operate.  

The robot, which has been named Sofie, is operated by joy sticks that provide ‘force feedback’, allowing the surgeon to feel how much force is being applied by the robot during surgery. Researcher Linda van den Bedem recently obtained her doctorate with her thesis .  

The new robot is also to be much cheaper than the current generation of surgery robots, which cost about 1.5 million euros. Ms Van den Bedem has patented her design, but expects it will take at least another five years before Sofie is ready to be put on the market.  

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