IEEE Robots App


The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has recently released an updated version of their Robots app for iPad. Authors of their Robotics Blog worked with RAVEN community members to include the RAVEN II in its database. The app is designed to bring together 126 of the world’s most popular and advanced robots from across the world. We’re very proud to have been included with so many other great robots.


You can find more information about the app for iPad here. We’ve been told that an android version is in the works.

Adapter Deliveries

complete adapter

The adapters have been delivered! Every RAVEN is now capable of using the latest in commercially available surgical instruments – even RAVEN I, which was originally designed to use Computer Motion’s ZEUS tools. You can catch a glimpse of the RAVEN I behind one of the University of Washington’s adapters in the attached photo. We’re very excited to see what new research will be accomplished with this hardware.

New Members of the RAVEN Community

Applied Dexterity would like to welcome the four newest members of the RAVEN community. Between May and July, five new RAVEN systems were sent to four top surgical research institutions, including the first international community members.

We are pleased to welcome the following groups, we know that they will put their RAVENs to good use:

CHARM: Collaborative Haptics and Robotics in Medicine – Stanford University

Laboratory of Informatics, Robotics, and Microelectronics – University of Montpellier, France

Robotics Laboratory – University of Central Florida

CSTAR: Canadian Surgical Technologies and Advanced Robotics – University of Western Ontario, Canada



Safety approval for RAVEN Electronics

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!

Applied Dexterity at ICRA 2013

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!

RAVEN Featured in The Economist

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.



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.