medical robots

William Peine, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue, operates hand controls for a surgical robot under development. The system is designed to give surgeons the dexterity they will need for operations by mimicking the human wrist in providing “seven degrees of freedom,” or roll, pitch and yaw. The system also provides the ability to control gripping instruments placed inside the body, enabling the robot to reproduce the motion capabilities of the human hand on a smaller scale, allowing for more precise control in confined spaces. A small camera provides a magnified view of the robotic probes in action, and a real-time picture is displayed on a monitor mounted on the surgeon’s console. (Purdue News Service photo/David Umberger)

A publication-quality photo is available at http://news.uns.purdue.edu/images/+2006/peine-robots.jpg

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