Bill Gates-backed Vicarious Surgical adds a virtual reality twist to robots in the operating room – TechCrunch

The company’s co-founders, Adam Sachs and Sammy Khalifa, have been developing and refining the technology almost since they met at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as undergraduates.

“We’ve been working on ways to miniaturize robotics and put all of the motion of surgery into the abdominal cavity,” says Sachs.

What really set the founders’ brains buzzing was the potential for combining their miniature robots with the ability to see inside the body using virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift.

According to Sachs, a number of innovations in robotics has led the company to develop what Sachs calls tiny humanoid robots.

“They can be in another room or they can be hundreds of miles away (with an excellent internet connection,” says Sachs.

For surgeons using Vicarious’ technology, the primary feedback is virtual, Sachs says.

“There were 900,000 surgeries done using surgical robotics out of a total of 313 million surgical procedures. It’s a low percentage and it’s very expensive to buy those In general that’s not offered to the vast majority of patients. Vicarious is about democratizing that access if it works it will open a huge market for people who can use much better procedures for much better surgeries,” Berman says.

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