Experts Want to Give Robot Surgeons a Sense of Touch

“Today, most surgical robots don’t serve as a replacements for doctors — instead, they act like an extension of the human. Rather than use their own hands to make incisions or suture wounds, the doctor uses a joystick or some other controller to manipulate a robotic arm equipped with a tool, such as a scalpel or grasper.

According to Trimlet, these arms simply can’t “feel” the same way a human surgeon’s hands can. But he’s hopeful that the research of Carla Pugh, director of Stanford University’s technology-enabled clinical improvement center, might change that…”