In a less gelatin-centric demo, the Harvard-based team behind the Robotically Steerable Probe showed off some Robopsy devices during our visit to the school, rings that can help medical imaging technology like CT, ultrasound and MR physically pinpoint precise locations on patients. The devices, which can hold up to ten needles, are lightweight, mounting directly on patients via adhesives or straps. The medical robots are made largely of inexpensive injection molded plastic parts, making them disposable after they’ve been used on a patient, popping the motors and other control electronics onto another device. In all, the team says Robopsy rings are “orders of magnitude” cheaper and lighter than other medical robotic devices. Check out a video of the one of the Robopsy devices running after the break.
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