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Raven II, The Open Source Surgical Robot

Team members & Raven II components (Photo: UC Santa Cruz)

The Raven II surgical robot has been developed at the University of Santa Cruz and the University of Washington.  Five of these robots will be shipped to other universities like Johns Hopkins for further research.

Jacob Rosen and Blake Hannaford are leading the research.  Rosen stated:

We decided to follow an open-source model, because if all of these labs have a common research platform for doing robotic surgery, the whole field will be able to advance more quickly

The researchers aim to ship the robots to the other universities by the end of January and start collaborative experiments together and operating the robot over the internet.  The Raven II is expected to cost around $250,000, a lot less than other surgical robots like the da Vinci Surgical System.

The Raven II is based on the Raven I, a robot designed for battlefield surgery and has been funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

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