Robin Heart from Poland

Robin Heart, Europe’s first cardiac surgery robot with semi-automatic movements, an advanced human-machine interface, and a 3D virtual training system is now preparing for CE marking. The robot has an RCM structure, fully articulated wrists and a projected 3D display for the master interface (called Robin Heart Shell). Actually, there is a family of robots:
  • Early prototypes: Robin Heart 0, Robin Heart 1, Robin Heart 2
  • Clinical prototypes: Robin Heart Vision, Shell, Junior
  • Current version: Robin Heart MC2, Shell2
  • New development: Robin Heart Uni
"A 13-year-old project at the Foundation of Cardiac Surgery Development in Zabrze, Poland has built medical robots for carrying cardiac surgery with semi-automatic movements and a 3D virtual training system. The original robot and mechatronic tools have successfully completed the required laboratory tests and animal studies. Ensuring that all the vital electrical components of the robot system function properly and safely during the various stages of product development is a critical part of the research project.
Testing has to be undertaken in accordance with IEC 60601-1 Medical electrical equipment – Part 1: General requirements for basic safety and essential performance. The components also have to be regularly inspected and tested to make sure they comply with IEC 62353, the standard for in-service and after repair testing of medical electronic devices. The team use a 288 automatic safety analyser supplied by Rigel, to test patient, enclosure and earth leakage as well earth continuity and insulation resistance."
On 17 May 2010 experiment on two pigs was carried out by Robin Heart mc2 type in Experimental Center of Medicine, Medical University of Silesia in Katowice. Elements of the operations performed on heart-related coronary artery. Robot itself was presented to the public shortly after completing the necessary work of protecting the intellectual property of the solution. 
There are numerous publications available on the system for more information
Source: RobinHeart, Electronics Weekly,


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