Waseda University's heartbeat compensation robot be stills our hearts

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    "Look closely. No, closer. See that slab of pink meat in the middle of Waseda University's surgical robot? That's a heart... now imagine it's your heart. Don't worry, if you ever do pit flesh-to-servo against this device, it'll likely be saving your life during a coronary bypass. After making a small incision, the robot compensates for the natural shake and movement of the organ caused by heartbeats so that surgery can proceed as if the organ is still. That little trick could enable minimally invasive, endoscopic heart surgeries in the future -- no need to crack open the chest cavity. Amazing stuff. See a close-up after the break."

    From Engadget 03/27/2009

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