Three of the Raven II surgical robots (Photo: UW)
The Raven II surgical robot's mechanical wrists and pincers (Photo: UW)
Team members posed with components of the Raven II surgical robotic systems (Photo: UC Santa Cruz)
A couple of years ago, the Willow Garage robotics company gave ten of its PR2 robots away to deserving research groups. The idea behind the project was that these groups would use the PR2s for robotics research, then share their discoveries with each other, thus advancing the field farther than would be possible if they each had to build their own unique robots from scratch. Now, a similar but unrelated project is underway, and this time the robots are designed specifically to perform surgery.
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