I had the opportunity to pitch my project to senior biomedical engineering students at the University of Michigan. The students and I are working together, with M-PED support, to develop product specifications and create a functional prototype.
M-PED's Executive Director, Dr. James Geiger, is the Co-Founder and CMO of FlexDex Inc. Their first minimally invasive surgical tool is anticipated to be commercially available in mid-2016.
Sourced from Medgadget (www.medgadget.com)
"Highly expensive surgical robots have become popular partially because
traditional minimally invasive surgery relies on clunky tools that don’t
provide natural dexterity and take considerable time to master. FlexDex,
a Brighton, Michigan company just coming out from the stealth mode, has
developed an entirely new control mechanism for minimally invasive
tools that certainly looks intuitive, but doesn’t cost millions of
dollars. It relies on technology called “Virtual Center” that transmits
movement from the wrist of the surgeon to the joint of the instrument
entirely mechanically. Using both the gimbal and the rotating handle,
the surgeon has lots of freedom while maintaining natural control of the
instrument. The FlexDex technology should be coming out in the middle
of next year."
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