As part of the Mechanical Engineering Graduate School Information Session I attended at Stanford, we received a tour of the Stanford Institute of Design. What a creative atmosphere! Most of the…
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As part of the Mechanical Engineering Graduate School Information Session I attended at Stanford, we received a tour of the Stanford Institute of Design. What a creative atmosphere! Most of the students at the info session were interested in product design, so it was good we got the tour.
One of the main classrooms is very dynamic in that you can change at least 5 different aspects of the room. All the tables and chairs and boards are either stackable or roll away. You can even roll dividers to change the shape of the room.
This classroom leads into the main student work space, where groups of students get an exclusive board for their projects to brainstorm and use for the design process. The boards hang on red pegs found throughout the building. A group can refresh a space simply by placing their board in spot.
There are plenty of resources for making physical models of your design and digitally composing the experience in a video to better portray the product and/or user experience. The Stanford Institute of Design is about making innovators not innovation. They highly encourage collaboration and sharing. Everything is open. Students are expected to build prototypes and they are stored on open shelving. A typical project course will have the structure of: one day project, one week project, several week project, and maybe a capstone project.
Furniture throughout the Institute is purposeful. For example, some of the chairs are intentionally uncomfortable for more than 20 minutes of sitting. This encourages people to get up and go to the board and build their ideas visually for everyone else to see. Failure is an honor and not looked upon negatively. If a group takes on a challenge wholeheartedly and fails, but put in the effort and process, the lessons learned are highly valued.
375 Santa Teresa Street, Stanford Univ., Stanford, CA 94305, USAI got to visit Professor Cutkosky
’s Biomimetics and Dexterous Manipulation Lab
today. It was really cool to see some of his old prototype robots like StickyBot (gecko) and Sprawlita (cockroach).
There was a grad student working on perching an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Currently their sensing isn’t accurate enough for good perching, so someone pilots it via RC. The UAV actually has little feet at the bottom that hook and catch onto the side of a vertical wall. The hooks are literally fishing hooks with rebound mechanisms so the UAV slides down the wall instead of popping off the wall and onto the ground. They are also working on continuing flight after vertical perching, meaning the UAV will fly back into the air from the perched position.
There was another student working on a biomedical device that monitors flexure of surgery needles so the penetration is more accurate and can reduce errors throughout the surgery. There is potential to join this research with a medical robot such as DaVinci
I just got my Bose On-Ear headphone replacement cushions. It was a really quick swap out. I just detached the old cushions and snapped the nice, new ones into place. It’s like a brand new pair of…
1526 Arch Street, Berkeley, CA 94708, USAI just got my Bose On-Ear headphone replacement cushions. It was a really quick swap out. I just detached the old cushions and snapped the nice, new ones into place. It’s like a brand new pair of headphones! Yay! By the way, the Bose On-Ear headphones are amazing. When music is playing, I normally can’t hear anything around me. They do have some noise leakage at high volumes and they are not noise canceling, but I still love them. The sound is amazing and it’s like a concert every time you listen to music.
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The surgery marks the first time that a robot surgeon and a robot anesthesiologist have collaborated to operate on a human
DaVinci and McSleepy Team Up For a Prostatectomy McGill University
I’m not sure I would trust robots named McSleepy and DaVinci to knock me out and cut me open, but that’s what one brave soul just did, when he had his prostate removed at McGill University Health Centre for the world’s first all-robotic surgery.
DaVinci is a widely used surgical robot that can be controlled by surgeons from remote locations, and McSleepy is, appropriately, an anesthesia bot. The two collaborated for the first time ever in this groundbreaking surgery, performed at Montreal General Hospital. Their surgeon masters kept them closely monitored, of course, but the use of the bots provided for a higher level of precision than would be achievable with humans alone.
DaVinci sends 3D HD images to the surgical team, where they operate its arms via video control. McSleepy makes the perfect partner for such an operation. Anesthesia can be difficult during robot surgeries, because the patient has to be positioned just so, with a high level of muscle relaxation. Using McSleepy guarantees the same quality of care for every surgery, with precise configuration for that operation’s specific needs.
The success of this surgery makes it likely that DaVinci and McSleepy will team up again. The researchers plan to test robotic surgery and robotic anesthesia across a variety of surgeries and patients.
That’s insane! That is one brave dude to go under and let robots cut away at him. On another note, this is really amazing technology. I’m happy to see our technology moving to be this advanced. I can’t wait to hear about what else medical robots will be used for.