Sony Develops Microsurgery Robot

The robot prototype was demonstrated by stitching a kernel of corn

Scarlett Evans, Assistant Editor, IoT World Today

May 17, 2024

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Sony worker uses a prototype of the microsurgery assistance robot
Prototype of the microsurgery assistance robotSony

Sony has unveiled a prototype of its new microsurgery assistance robot, capable of assisting surgeons by performing automatic surgical implement exchange and precision control.

Designed to be used in combination with a microscope, the robot can work on extremely delicate body parts, such as veins and nerves.

The model made its first public debut at the 2024 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers International Conference on Robotics and Automation, which took place in Yokohama May 13-17.

The design was also demonstrated in a video, showing it performing a delicate surgery by stitching corn kernels.

Sony said the design responds to a dwindling workforce as a result of an aging society, with medical practitioners facing increased workloads.

“Against this backdrop, in the field of surgery where high skill levels are required, the use of surgical robots that assist with precision operations is expected to reduce surgeon workloads and help promote the spread of advanced medical services,” Sony said in a statement. 

The model was tested in February at Aichi Medical University, where surgeons used the prototype to connect animal blood vessels, marking the world’s first robotic-assisted procedure of this kind. 

In the future, Sony said it plans to work with university medical departments and medical institutions to further develop the tech and verify its efficacy. 

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Scarlett Evans

Assistant Editor, IoT World Today

Scarlett Evans is the assistant editor for IoT World Today, with a particular focus on robotics and smart city technologies. Scarlett has previous experience in minerals and resources with Mine Australia, Mine Technology and Power Technology. She joined Informa in April 2022.

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