Known as the CardioArm, the curved robot has a series of joints that automatically adjust to follow the course plotted by the robot's head. This provides greater precision than a flexible endoscope can offer. "It's certainly easier to control," says Robert Webster III, a professor at Vanderbilt University who works on flexible medical probes and was not involved in the CardioArm project.
The CardioArm is operated using a computer and a joystick. It has 102 degrees of freedom, three of which can be activated at once. This allows it to enter through a single point in the chest and wrap around the heart until it reaches the right spot to, say, remove problematic tissue. "The nice thing about [the] design is that each joint follows where you went in space.
I want to have one of those knitted into my coccyx!
Shades of Dr. Octopus.
I don't think I'd be nearly as freaked out by this if the head didn't look like a leering golden-faced red-eyed rat.
em eye see kay eey why
em oh you ess eey
But, seriously, if you had to replace a limb with something in this modern age, why would you settle for something that looks and acts just like the missing limb?
I say that's an opportunity to upgrade.
Looks like a Goa'uld to me.
we want about 8 of these, then I can be Dr. Octagon!
Some video of these robots from earlier today.
Couldn't they have maybe made it stainless steel or chrome instead of mealworm brown?
I'd always wondered why you had so many exposed steel pipes around the DNA lounge; now I know: they're pineal resonators that cause women to wear skimpy BDSM-esque outfits.
It's just another way to do live-action tentacle porn.