Carol Reiley, a surgical robotics PhD student at Johns Hopkins' Computational Interaction and Robotics Laboratory, wrote in to share how they unwind after a long day of research. She writes, "Here's a video of the Johns Hopkins Robotics lab playing the board game Operation on the $1.3M dollar (Da Vinci Surgical) robot. The video emphasizes the robot's precision and hand tremor reduction as well as how difficult Operation is to play, even with a robot. :-)" Fun, whimsical, and a bit meta. Surgical roboticists seem to enjoy themselves; seems like just yesterday they were using the robot to make little paper airplanes or produce dance videos.
Hasbro and/or Intuitive Surgical should seriously jump on this as an advertising campaign... From the video description:
Tackling the game "Operation" with the da Vinci Robot (by Intuitive Surgical). Students at the Johns Hopkins University Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics (LCSR) unwind after a long day of research. Our research da Vinci robot enables precision control and unmatched dexterity for even the most critical tasks.
Featuring PhD students: Carol Reiley, Tom Tantillo, and Kel Guerin. Please visit our website to see more of our cool work!
Of course, this comes in the same week as another Da Vinci Surgical system was used to fold and throw a paper airplane (covered by Evan over at IEEE Automaton).
And don't forget the Da Vinci robot dance video and other hilarious outtakes.
Seriously, Intuitive Surgical should just sponsor periodic video competitions -- like the Willow Garage PR2 video contest.
The robot assisted Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery has been a life-changing experience for many patients since the recovery is much faster than traditional operations and it doesn't require a large incision.