Vicarious Surgical develops lightweight robotic device with 'visual immersion'

Written by Angie Stewart | December 05, 2019 | Print  |

Medtech startup Vicarious Surgical received the FDA's breakthrough device designation for its robotically assisted surgical device, Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry reports.

Vicarious Surgical CEO and co-founder Adam Sachs shared two insights about the technology with MD+DI:

1. It's extremely realistic. "We have a natural user interface with visual immersion that is so convincing, it makes the surgeon actually feel as if they have been shrunk down and placed inside of their patient. Then we combine this paradigm shift in human/computer interaction with our own proprietary design of miniature robotics."

2. It emulates surgeons' motions. "Our robotic system has nine degrees of freedom per arm. All of the motion is moved inside the abdomen so that we can create a system that is much smaller, at a much lower cost, and much lighter weight than existing systems. These innovations allow the motion of the robot to mimic the motion of the surgeon's body."

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