STIFF-FLOP held their final review meeting at King’s College London on 11 December 2015, under the watchful eye of Project Officer, Dr Michel Brochard.
Four new project evaluators from academia and industry offered their expertise, helped to evaluate this project, and shared their ideas on future technologies and exploitation opportunities in the area of soft, stiffness-controllable surgical instruments:
Prof. Elena De Momi, Politecnico di Milano, Italy Prof. Paolo Fiorini, University of Verona, Italy Prof. Brian Davies, Imperial College London, UK Dr Patrick Finlay, MediMaton, UK.
The STIFF-FLOP consortium demonstrated a fully integrated multi-segment soft robotic system comprised of pneumatic actuation, granular stiffening, distributed force and pose sensing.
In late 2015, during trials at the Dundee Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (IMSaT), the team successfully operated on a human body assisted by a miniaturised, multi-segment STIFF-FLOP manipulator inserted through a small incision – a world’s first in MIS!
As part of the December Review Meeting, we exhibited the numerous achievements of STIFF-FLOP and technological advancements with strong exploitation potential.