The i-Snake robot

"The i-Snake (which stands for imaging-sensing-navigated, kinematically enhanced) robot has fully articulated joints, allowing the tool to move around obstacles just as a snake can. The joints are powered by micromotors, and the tip is fitted with multiple sensing and imaging mechanisms.
The i-Snake is about 12.5 millimeters in diameter and can have a variable length, typically about 40 centimeters long. It can be held by the surgeon or have its end docked on to a robotic arm fixed to the operating table. The robot has a hollow center through which surgeons insert different surgical tools."

Learn more about the i-Snake via IEEE Spectrum or picl up some science from the ICRA'10 workshop.


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