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During keyhole surgery, surgeons typically rely on sight as they remotely control the delicate operation. A new robot promises to give them one important extra sense: touch.
Unlike most current keyhole surgery tools, the robot uses haptic feedback to deliver a sense of touch to the operator. The robot can measure the exact amount of force being wielded by the medical instruments on the body and convey that to the surgeon through the handles. The robot also uses 3-D images so the surgeon can see where the instruments are placed.
The invention, created by a team at Australia’s Deakin University in collaboration with Harvard University, is called the HeroSurg. Its inventors hope it will make operations safer and more accurate.
Do you have trouble keeping your smartphone steady when taking pictures or video? Designed to connect to a regular smartphone, the SMOVE is basically a steadicam for your iOS or Android device, allowing you to take steady shots in rough conditions, follow faces in front of the camera, and even take seamless panoramas.
The system works by keeping the phone level at all times. The phone can rotate around its axis, remaining stationary in space. It also has “Auto Face Follow” that can detect and follow faces. A built-in power back will keep your phone charged during the recording.
There are plenty of reasons why you may not want to head outside to take your dog for a walk. But with a new double-duty exercise bike and treadmill, you can give your pup a good run without ever stepping outside.
The Doggy Health Run Pet Owner Exercise Treadmill doesn’t need to be plugged in since it’s the human on the bike who powers the treadmill. The faster you pedal, the more of a workout both you and your dog get. The treadmill can either be placed alongside the exercise bike or in front of it so that you can stare your dog in the face while you both get fit.
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