How it works:
The project aims to design snake-like robots as miniaturised and highly dexterous surgical tools.
The robotic bodies will be fitted with computer vision capabilities and have the ability to navigate around obstacles in confined spaces such as the anatomy of the human body.
Ask the expert:
Ross Crawford, Medical and Healthcare Robotics Group Project Leader
“At the moment surgeons use what is best described as rigid ‘one-size-fits-all’ tools for surgical procedures, even though patients and their anatomy can vary significantly.”
“The surgical system being explored has the potential to vastly surpass capabilities of current state-of-the-art surgical tools.”
More information can be found in the latest annual report at https://www.roboticvision.org/wp-content/uploads/Australian-Centre-for-Robotic-Vision_2018-Annual-Report_Spreads.pdf