RavenII Dev Blog

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Surgical Robots in Space: Sci-Fi and Reality Intersect | IEEE PULSE

This fantastic article chronicles the development of the Raven and work on deployment in the ISS.

Ravens in space for real this time?  Maybe!

Raven II on the set of Ender's Game

1 week ago

Meet the real-life robo-surgeon who fixes brains in 'Ender's Game' - NBC News.com

Hey Raven fans!  After a year of keeping this closely guarded secret (well…) we’re happy to let y’all know about the Raven II’s participation in the film Ender’s Game, opening 1 November 2013!

Keep a sharp eye out for the robot- its closeup comes right after the fight scene on the battlestation.  That’s all we’ll say!

-R2DB

9 months ago - 2

RII Autonomous Debridement

The team at UC Berkeley has been doing some great work with Raven Autonomy!  They’ve developed a vision-guided system for simulating autonomous surgical debridement (tissue removal).

While still several steps from the OR, this is fundamental research developing the robotic surgical techniques of the future.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrMDy1caPTfo7hAklXAsQng?feature=c4-feed-u

Anonymous said: i am aiming for taking a seminar about Raven2.i want to know about the electronic side of raven

Please see our recent publication in IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering:

Blake Hannaford et.al. , “Raven-II: An Open Platform for Surgical Robotics Research,” Biomedical Engineering, IEEE Transactions on , vol.60, no.4, pp.954,959, April 2013

-R2DB 

 

Anonymous said: What is the possibility of collaboration with the University of Bern and would you be interested in expanding this system for orthopedic surgeries?

Please contact Applied Dexterity to inquire about acquiring a Raven II, or any of the RII consortium about possible research collaborations.

-R2DB

Anonymous said: is there a fluorescence imaging channel? any possibility of overlaying fluo/white-light in the video feed?

Dear Anonymous,

Short answer: no. 
Longer answer: Raven II itself does not include imaging or environment sensing.  However, RII is an extensible research platform and several sensing modalities have been incorporated.  To date, none of those have included fluorescence imaging.  Yet.

-R2DB

Anonymous said: Great work on the virtual fixtures. Do you have a public repository of the code your working on? -Chris Loughnane

Hi Chris,

   We’re currently using Mercurial to distribute and share code.  However, we don’t really like the way it’s set up, so we’re looking for an alternative.

   Thus we’re feverishly discussing the best way to maintain and distribute the rapidly growing (and diverging!) code base.  A committee has been formed.  Chairpersons have been elected.  A proper, public code repository is soon forthcoming.

-R2DB

Anonymous said: W are a research group in Brazil and we would like to buy one Raven II. We need to submit a project until tomorrow and it is necessary a quote for this or a proforma invoice. Is it possible? Any contact?

Yes, please contact Applied Dexterity for a quote.  We should be able to get you a quote right away.   

Email: info [at] applieddexterity [dot] com

August found a few members of the RavenII consortium discussing some new work!  New ideas were discussed for incorporating new technologies and techniques into the platform.
The workgroup was held in Berkeley at the Claremont hotel.  Participants included:
Front row: Professors Blake Hannaford (UW), Jacob Rosen (UCSC), Pieter Abbeel (Cal), Allison Okamura (Stanford), Ken Goldberg (Cal), and Greg Hager (Johns Hopkins via Skype).
Back row: Sam Schorr (Stanford), Animesh Garg (Cal), Zhi Li and Ji Ma (UCSC), Anand Malpani and Kelleher Guerin (Johns Hopkins), Ben Kehoe (Cal), Ryder Winck (Stanford), Danying Hu and Levi Cheng (UW), Sachin Patil(Cal)

August found a few members of the RavenII consortium discussing some new work!  New ideas were discussed for incorporating new technologies and techniques into the platform.

The workgroup was held in Berkeley at the Claremont hotel.  Participants included:

Front row: Professors Blake Hannaford (UW), Jacob Rosen (UCSC), Pieter Abbeel (Cal), Allison Okamura (Stanford), Ken Goldberg (Cal), and Greg Hager (Johns Hopkins via Skype).

Back row: Sam Schorr (Stanford), Animesh Garg (Cal), Zhi Li and Ji Ma (UCSC), Anand Malpani and Kelleher Guerin (Johns Hopkins), Ben Kehoe (Cal), Ryder Winck (Stanford), Danying Hu and Levi Cheng (UW), Sachin Patil(Cal)

Raven II is now legal in Canada! 

Raven II is now legal in Canada!