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Technology Factsheet

Flex System

Category: Robotics > Characterization and Inspection > Snake
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A surgical version of the snake robot developed by Choset and two partners through Medrobotics Corp, a Carnegie Mellon spin-off venture.

The Flex System enables surgical procedures where conventional line-of-sight technologies are either not feasible or sub-optimal. Surgeons can navigate the Flex Endoscope around anatomical structures to hard-to-reach locations through a single access site, then use the onboard high-definition vision system to precisely deploy a range of third party flexible surgical instruments. The uniquely “wristed” 3mm Flex Instruments enable the surgeon to operate in confined spaces, further extending his or her reach to important and often challenging areas of the anatomy.

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Industry:Healthcare/Medical
Size:Tiny (<1kg/2lb, <10cm/4in useable length)
TRL:Demonstration (7-8)
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