All of the parts are in and assembly is well underway on a community sourced addition to the RAVEN system that allows for use of commercially available surgical tools. When these are delivered to many of the members of the RAVEN community in the next few weeks, they will greatly increase the number of tool types available for research. These adapters were enabled by the open tool interface provided to RAVEN users and we look forward to the future innovations that will come out of the highly capable community.
Yesterday, a representative from the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) made the trek down to Seattle to inspect the electronics that will be headed shortly to the University of Western Ontario. The systems were given the approval of the CSA and are now proudly wearing the blue sticker with the official seal of approval for electrical shock and fire safety. We are very proud of this achievement and will be able to furnish this safety specification to local and international customers in the future!
The Applied Dexterity team has set up their booth at ICRA 2013 in Karlsruhe, Germany. We’ve already met a lot of great people, and look forward to meeting more people and robots. If you’re in the area, come see us at booth 245 in the Kongresszentrum!
Quote of the day:
“We need one of these.”
Earlier this week we shipped a Raven System to Europe for demoing at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Karlsruhe, Germany! We look forward to meeting and sharing the RAVEN with our fellow robotics enthusiasts. After the week of exhibiting the RAVEN, it will be delivered to The Montpellier Laboratory of Informatics, Robotics, and Microelectronics in Montpellier, France so they can begin contributing to the RAVEN community. If you are going to be in attendance at ICRA or would like more information, please contact us at info [at] applieddexterity [dot] com!
Fortune magazine discussed the da Vinci, the RAVEN and Applied Dexterity in its January 2013 issue only a few pages from a cover article on Will.I.Am. Ryan Bradley discusses many of the advantages inherent in open innovation and even compares the RAVEN to Google’s Android software!
In January of 2012 the RAVEN community gained 5 more members, which triggered a lot of buzz about the RAVEN and open source surgical robots. University of Washington press was on hand at the open-house to document the event and the word spread quickly. The Economist featured the RAVEN in its March 2012 print edition and again in June when exploring open source medical devices.
Popular Mechanics took a great look at the RAVEN and the research at the Harvard Biorobotics Lab and at Johns Hopkins in February 2012. There’s a fascinating summary of the work going into compensating for the motion of the beating heart as well as Gregory Hager’s visions for the future of the RAVEN and surgical robotics.
The RAVEN surgical robot is a research instrument designed to support research in advanced techniques in robotic assisted surgery. The RAVEN-III design is based on two rounds of iterative improvement to the original RAVEN, developed at the University of Washington between 2002 and 2007 by Blake Hannaford and Jacob Rosen. While not engineered to meet the requirements for human surgery, the system has been successfully employed in animal lab surgery.