SPIDER surgical instrument looks like a proto-bush-robot


16 Responses to “SPIDER surgical instrument looks like a proto-bush-robot”

  1. Anonymous says:

    As a surgeon in training with an overactive tech-robot gland this post really floated my boat. Thanks a lot Cory / Boing Boing. I posted a link to the article at my blog at thestudentdoctor . Com

  2. Anonymous says:

    Now I’m going to have nightmares about robot tentacles stealing my gall bladder.

  3. holtt says:

    Maybe they should name it INSECT or BUG instead of SPIDER – or add a few more legs to the logo.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Reminds me of Rockwell Automation


  5. Major Variola (ret) says:

    Wasn’t that how the phage-robot was removed from Neo’s stomach in the back of that car?

  6. snorpheus says:

    I have always loved how clean and neat everything is when it’s done with animation. No complications and no mess! (I spent a number of years doing design and visualization at an endoscopic surgical instrument company)

  7. Anonymous says:

    reminds me of the bug in the Matrix

  8. DoctressJulia says:

    The first Christmas bush, like from Rocheworld…? Neeeeat! I am ready for my new vat-grown body, this one hurts…

  9. bklynchris says:

    Yes, but does it leave clean margins?

  10. guplik says:

    It’s not quite as bushy as the name and picture suggest, it’s only got two “hands” – the picture shows 6 different positions that those two arms can take, overlaid

  11. Anonymous says:

    Holy cow, this is really interesting. I’m a laparoscopic technician and have seen a few single-port surgeries but they still use conventional laparoscopic instruments albeit through a larger port. A normal cholecystectomy will make use of 3 5mm ports; 1 for laparoscope, 2 for instrumentation. This is neat, as single-port surgeries right now with the usual tools is still very tedious and bulky. – Gus H.

  12. bat21 says:

    Of all the things in Ghost in the Shell to become real, I didn’t think the creepy cyborg secretary fingers would be one of them.

  13. imajication says:

    I think I found that video oddly fascinating, considering I’m not a doctor.

  14. Ugly Canuck says:

    I hope they name this robot “Boris”:


  15. Anonymous says:

    When I see life-enhancing engineering wonders like this, I can’t help but think how much further along we’d be if the [insert your favourite billion dollar weapon of war] R&D had been directed for good.

  16. social_maladroit says:

    Ouch. Reminds me of an instrument used in a certain episode of Firefly.

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