Using robots in the operating room to assist the surgeon in performing surgery. The surgeon views the patient via a terminal and manipulates robotic surgical instruments via a control panel. Views of the organs being worked on are transmitted from tiny cameras inserted into the body. Such robots are considerably less invasive than normal operating room procedures because the instruments can be inserted into much smaller incisions in the human body. This type of "laparoscopic" surgery means less pain and less scarring, and patients recover much faster.

The observatory was designed from the beginning to support robotic operation. This means both that it is possible to operate it remotely, and also that observing sessions can be automated and carried out with little or no human oversight.

Cabling is a key part of the system. There is a lot of electronics on the telescope, and therefore a lot of wires that need to be routed from moving to stationary parts. This needs to be done very carefully, both to eliminate changing forces that can interfere with smooth tracking and to avoid interference that could be disastrous in an unattended setting.

A medical technology developed by SRI International that allows a surgeon to operate long distance. By combining advances in imaging, video, robotics and sensory devices, the system gives doctors the full sensory experience of hands-on surgery. Wearing a pair of specially polarized glasses and sitting before a console showing a high-resolution 3D image of the patient, the surgeon is actually doing the operation. Also called "telepresence surgery. operation. Also called "telepresence surgery.

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