Developing the Operating Room of the future has been a major focus of CIS research in many countries. Engineers at University of Twente are developing futuristic OR concepts along with a new generation of surgical robots. “It has three components: a “cockpit” (controller), which is where the surgeon sits, the instruments that manipulate tissue, and the electro-mechanical connector between the two. UTwente focuses on the platform: the cockpit and the connector, named TeleFLEX. The tools---specifically designed for NOTES procedures---are provided by Storz. The University of Twente is one of the first ten institutions to receive these instrument.” A sweet video animation shows the idea of having an exo-skeleton-like human-machine interface to control the multiple degrees of freedom of the continuum robot. They are also investigating methods to endoscope control by head movements applied to MIS.
Source: University of Twente