This is an exciting time for medical robotics, as there is a proliferation of systems on the market or in development.
Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci, the long-time market leader for robotic laparoscopic procedures, now has potential competition from Medtronic, Verb Surgical (backed by Google and J&J), Auris Surgical, Transenterix’s ALF-X, and Titan Medical’s Sport system.
Similarly, the orthopaedics robot market is active with Stryker’s Mako platform, Think Surgical’s TCAT system, Mazor Robotics Renaissance system for spine surgery, and Blue Belt Technologies (now owned by Smith & Nephew) Navio system.
One interesting observation is of the physical size of the various systems as compared to the active operating volume of the robot. [Read more…] about The size of things to come: An exciting time for medical robotics