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Hybrid Snake Robotic Probe Reduces Need for Invasive Surgery

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Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   1/31/2013 11:42:58 AM
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I like this and read about this a little while ago...thanks for covering. The first thing that leaps to mind, though, is isn't there already similar technology out there? I suppose not exactly like this, but I am sure there are ways to get into hard-to-reach places being employed. I'm not well versed enough to know what they are, though! Still, this would be a good addition to any technology that can make surgery less invasive.

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jmiller   1/31/2013 9:58:10 PM
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I think they should incorporate this technology into some kind of backscratcher.  In all seriousness though, I thought they did this type of thing already with different surgeries.  Even when they do an appendiz surgery now a days they only leave a hole and inch or so long.  simply amazing.

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Cycling Nitinol
Greg M. Jung   1/31/2013 1:44:11 PM
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Great idea and creative use of memory metals.  By the way, how repeatable is the Nitinol component as it is cycled?  Is there a compensation method needed as the Nitinol cycles increase?

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NadineJ   1/31/2013 3:35:55 PM
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First of all, thanks for calling it a snake and not a worm.

Have their been any tests on anything live-human or animal?

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apresher   2/1/2013 1:22:04 PM
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Cabe, Very interesting device.  Any idea what type of controls they are currently using or envisioning in the future?  Thanks.

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Cabe Atwell   2/1/2013 4:19:59 PM
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I would hope that it could be combined with the da'Vinnci surgery robot. That would make for a step up in medical tech.

As with all research, we will not see it for a long time.

C

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Ann R. Thryft   2/5/2013 11:53:44 AM
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Cabe, great story. I just did a slideshow on snake and worm robots that published today

http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=25829 and many of them are medical snakes like this one.

Cabe Atwell
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Cabe Atwell   2/6/2013 4:29:45 PM
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I returned the favor, added a link to your post.

 

C

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