The da Vinci is a surgical robot designed for minimally invasive procedures. It has four arms equipped with surgical instruments and cameras that a physician controls remotely from a console.
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More than 1,840 da Vinci robots have been installed worldwide (as of July 2012).
In 2011, Johns Hopkins researchers used a real da Vinci to play the Operation board game.
- Equipped with surgical tools with greater range of motion than the human hand. Surgeon console equipped with high-definition 3D vision system.
- 175.3 cm | 69 in
- 127 cm | 50 in
- 91.5 cm | 36 in
- 544.3 kg | 1200 lb (patient-side cart only)
- N/A km/h | N/A mph
- Optical encoders, Hall sensors, magnetic encoders, infrared sensors.
- DC motors
- 120-V AC with battery backup
- Combination of various DSPs, microcontrollers, and FPGAs.
- Custom OS and control software.
- DEGREES OF FREEDOM (DOF)
- 7 (surgical robot)
- $1.2 million (actual price depends on configuration)
The first da Vinci system was brought to market in 1999. In 2003, a fourth instrument arm was added. In 2006, the da Vinci S version was released, offering the surgeon high-definition vision. The da Vinci Si model, the latest iteration, was introduced in 2009.