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J&J Launches Robotic Surgery Company

Scott Huennekens, Verb Surgical's President and CEO. (Photo credit: Verb Surgical)

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon and Verily Life Sciences LLC (formerly Google Life Sciences) has formed a surgical robotics company called Verb Surgical Inc. The company hopes to use machine learning, robotic surgery, instrumentation, advanced visualization, and data analytics to improve patient outcomes, lower costs, and greater hospital efficiency. …

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Robotic worm for head surgery can cut around corners

NiLiBoRo is held in place during surgery using its expandable bladders. Researchers are currently optimizing the pocket geometry using multiple prototypes. (Photo credit: Fraunhofer IPA)

Removing tumors from within the inner ear is a very delicate matter that typically requires surgeons to remove the entire mastoid bone. However, in the future, all doctors will need to do is cut a tunnel of 5 mm in diameter through the bone using a …

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Researchers Highlight Potential Security Issues for Telerobotic Surgery

UW reseachers mounted cyberattacks while study participants used the Raven II surgical robotic system to move rubber blocks on a pegboard. (Photo credit: University of Washington)

A University of Washington engineering team hacked a next-generation teleoperated surgical robot to see how easily they could hijack the system and operate it remotely.  Fortunately, the hijacked robot was on that’s only used for research purposes, and, at the time, was actually being used with …

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Google to Make Surgical Robots

Google and Ethicon plan to build robotic platforms that compete against bot like the da Vinci Xi Surgeon Console. (Photo credit: Intuitive Surgical.)

The Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon is working with Google’s Life Sciences team to create more advanced robots for the operating room. The two companies want to create “a robotic-assisted surgical platform capable of integrating advanced technologies,” according to a press release. “For more than 60 …

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Tiny, Internally Powered Robot Gripper for Biopsies

These little robots could one day make biopsies less invasive, or be used in micro-engineering. Photo courtesy of the American Chemical Society.

A self-folding, robotic microgripper could one day make biopsies less invasive. The star-shaped devices are made from a carefully assembled arrangement of a hydrogel (N-isopropylacrylamide-co-acrylic acid), a polymer (polypropylene fumarate), and magnetic nanoparticles. The soft hydrogel component swells in response to changes in light, acidity, and temperature. The polymer stiffens …

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