Sci-Fi Surgery On Exhibit: 7 Medical Robots That May Make You Reconsider Your Need For Medical Attention
If you happen to be in London between now and December 23, 2009, you may want to stop by the Sci-Fi Surgery exhibit at the Qvist Gallery at the Hunterian Museum. Put on by the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the exhibit features some pretty weird medical robots, as well as depictions of medical gadgets from film, anime, and sci-fi literature. Here are 7 robotic members of the exhibit that you just may find visiting your person some day....
1. Probot Surgical Robot
A pioneering medical robot designed in 1991 and still in use for the transurethral resection of the prostate... OUCH! If you would like see more graphic images of the Probot in use, you can read more about it here.
2. Ares Surgical Robots
These are prototypes of ARES robots developed by the Scuola Superiore Sant' Anna - CRIM Lab in Pisa, Italy. ARES stands for: Assembling Reconfigurable Endoluminal Surgical (system). You'll see below what that means....
"The robotic devices comprise a set of indigestible modules containing different elements for structural functions, communication, power supply, processing and control, as well as diagnostic devices, including a camera for endoscopy and a DNA chips. Active modules for surgery are also needed, comprising ablation tools and systems to puncture cell membranes to allow insertion of therapeutic materials." (ref)
Imagine these toys assembling themselves after you swallow them, so they can go on to perform robotic surgery somewhere in your body.
3. Camera Pill Surgical Robot
This prototype for the Robotic Camera Pill, also a project of the Scuola Superiore Sant' Anna - CRIM Lab, reckons that one day someone will swallow it and it will be remotely guided to the most disgusting parts of your interior to shoot images back to a screen which the whole world will watch on YouTube. Well, maybe just your surgeons will view them on an O-R computer screen.
Personally, I don't like the way she's looking at it.
4. Ri-Man Medical Robot
Now we get into the realm of the not-so-scary... unless you're a child. Ri-Man is a Japanese nursebot developed by the RIKEN Bio-Mimetic Control Research Center, supposedly to care for the elderly. That's it! I'm never growing old!