Saturday, October 13, 2007

[The Chosun Ilbo, October 11 2007] Scientists Reveal Korea's First Internet Surgery Robot

Korean researchers have developed the nation's first surgical robot that can be remotely controlled over the Internet.
The researchers on Tuesday unveiled the robot system called Kyung Hee SR1. The team was led by Prof. Kim Yoon-hyuk from Kyung Hee University's College of Advanced Technology and Prof. Rha Koon-ho and Prof. Hyung Woo-jin from Yonsei University College of Medicine's Robot Surgery Center.

Kyung Hee SR1 was built with W150 million (US$1=W916) from the Korea Food & Drug Administration. The 70 kg system has two robotic arms that measure 90 centimeters across. With the machine connected to the Internet, it's possible for a doctor to operate on a patient from anywhere in the world.

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