First schedule for the Block Review Meeting 2015 has been releases. Details and registration form can be found here:
Enjoy also our teaser for The 2015 Inoovative Surgical Robotics Forum.
STIFFness controllable Flexible and Learn-able Manipulator for surgical OPerations
The STIFF-FLOP consortium collected updates on the current progress of the project in the latest Newsletter D6.2.3 which is now available on the website in the NEWSLETTER section.
“Octopus arms have a built-in mechanism that prevents the suckers from grabbing octopus skin,” says Guy Levy (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), the lead author of the work, which appears today in . Their article has received a huge interest from the media such as Nature , The Guardian , The Telegraph , Daily Mail , IBT , The Scientist , National Geographic , The Verge , International Science Times , Arutz Sheva .
For decades, advances in training, medication, sensing and instrumentation have progressed surgical techniques. Nowadays robotics are being looked at as the next means to further increase surgical precision, improve efficiency and push boundaries of surgical skill.
Currently still US-dominated, the European Union through its 7th Framework Program, is supporting research to catch up and overtake the lead in this strategic and highly dynamic domain.
The STIFF-FLOP consortium collected updates on the current progress of the project in the latest Newsletter D6.3.2 which is now available on the website in the NEWSLETTER section.
Mission of Foundation of Cardiac Surgery Development is introduction into clinical practice modern techniques and technologies for heart diseases treatment. But it is also a famous educational center.
King's College and Tecnalia conducted the first benchmarking experiments of the Stiff-Flop concept, to analyze the behavior of the system when interacting with its environment. As illustrated on the figure, the system tested was composed of a arm composed of two flexible structures, mounted onto a vertical support. By controlling the pressures in the chambers of the module(s), the arm gets into contact with an obstacle, and the magnitude of the contact forces is measured. Experiments were performed by augmenting the pressure in one (bending) or all chambers (elongation) of the module.
A joint integration work of IIT, Shadow and Tecnalia permitted to implement a first version of robot tip position control in the stiff-flop architecture. An inverse kinematic framework enables to deduce from a targeted tip location the needed modules configuration, under the constant curvature assumption.Each module desired configuration can then be transmitted to each module controller, in charge of computing the appropriate combination of pressures in the chambers.
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