New Japanese robot from Olympus

A new surgical robotics system--NEDO--was announced by Olympus this week in Japan. It is a complete teleoperational system, meant for early cancer diagnosis and treatment in gastrointestinal, thoracic and neurosurgery. NEDO stands for "a comprehensive equipment for very early cancer diagnosis and treatment", and the 7 DOF robot is a result of a 5-year-long development project.
"Kyushu University has been conducting research and development of high-performance robot-assisted surgery that combines sensing technologies such as robotics engineering endoscopic techniques."

Check out this video to see the system in operation.
The system is not approved yet for clinical use.


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