Since its inception in 2000, Da Vinci Surgical Robot has revolutionized the way surgeries are done.
Da Vinci has been used on more than 2 million patients since it got FDA approval and is the only surgical robot that has that kind of record. Robotic surgeries done by Da Vinci have drastically reduced the risk factor.
If you’re not much familiar about it, Da Vinci is a surgical machine that, with its 3 arms, can perform operations like a surgeon while giving him an extreme degree of precision.
Being called a robot gives an impression of it being fully autonomous which however, isn’t the case. A surgeon sitting on the connected computer controls the arms of robot. The computer provides a surgeon with zoomed and enhanced view of internal body which improves a surgeon’s accuracy.
Now, as at present, no competitors of Da Vinci exist in the medical industry, Samsung has planned to give it one. Yes, Samsung is working on a similar robotic surgeon that will make surgeries less riskier and painful.
While going through my casual routine of fumbling through patents, I found that Samsung has just patented a surgical tool for a robotics surgery machine.
Being intrigued, I went deep and numerous patent documents by Samsung disclosing a complete surgery robot working exactly like – or maybe better than – Da Vinci. The patent images below explain how it will look like in the future:
Also, it minimizes blood loss, and overall decreasing the failure risk to almost 0.
The set of patents also discloses a tube like arm of robot. This arm has an endoscopic camera on head and 2 small tweezers – it gives it a look of a praying mantis with ridiculously long torso. The operation mode is quite similar to Da Vinci where a surgeon controls the arm movements using a connected computer.
Here’s the list of all the patents that I found in Samsung’s portfolio that covers the technology of this cool surgery machine.
- US9060796B2 – Surgical robot system and control method thereof
- US20150045812A1 – Surgical robot system and method of controlling the same
- US20140194699A1 – Single port surgical robot and control method thereof
Must note that even Samsung’s patents don’t mention a complete autonomous surgical robot and we may have to wait a few years to see anything like that in reality.
Besides the robot that will make surgeries easier, Samsung has a great plan to make lives easier for specially abled people.
The smartphone giant is working on smart mind reading helmets through which they can control their smartphone, television, home appliances, and what not. Read more about it here – Samsung’s Smart Helmets will Make Life Easier for Specially Abled People