Tiny Robotic Instruments Allow A Surgeon To Delicately Stitch A Grape Back Together

May 13, 2015 By Archit Tripathi
The da Vinci Surgical System uses tiny instruments with variable points of articulation and a state-of-the-art, high-definition 3-D visual system to help surgeons operate through just a few small incisions. This helps make surgery far less invasive, and also allows the surgeon to work on a much finer level than human hands could ever operate.

Currently, the da Vinci system has been used in over 1.5 million successful operations worldwide. The surgeon sits comfortably at a console where his/her hand movements are seamlessly translated to the micro-instruments. A Reddit user, who had the opportunity to try out the technology while attending a robotics competition, said the instruments were very responsive and easy to control. It must be noted that while it's often dubbed a "robot," this system does not have any autonomy and requires a human operator. Therefore, it is not technically a robot.
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