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Design and Manufacture of a Laparoscopic Telesurgical and Telementoring Robot Manipulator


The LapaRobot is the result of a research collaboration between the Mechatronics and Controls Laboratory at the University of California, Los Angeles and the Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology (CASIT) at ULCA, to develop a surgical platform capable of performing telesurgical and telementoring surgical procedures. As part of this research effort, we have designed and manufactured a novel, minimally invasive laparoscopic robot with Telesurgical and telementoring capabilities. Through meticulous mechanical design iterations and high precision fabrication techniques, we have developed a reliable and robust platform for telerobotic surgery. Through computer control, we are able to provide accurate master-slave tracking, gravity compensation, and position based force feedback for both mentor and mentee operators. Due to these enhanced features, the LapaRobot v2. offers a transparent master-slave experience to those seeking enhancements to his or hers laparoscopic skill-sets while providing a highly reliable platform for FLS training and certification.

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