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Robotics

A surgical robot goes underwater in Florida

UW_Surgical_Robot_Raven_Small.jpg Photo: David Clugston for IEEE Spectrum Last year, Blake Hannaford and Jacob Rosen of the University of Washingtonâ''s BioRobotics Lab wrote an article for Spectrum about their surgical robot, Raven, and a field test in the California rangelands, where a surgeon commanded the robot remotely. Early this year, Raven headed out to another extreme environment: the Aquarius underwater habitat off Key Largo, Florida. In the experiment, part of NASA's Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) project, surgeons teleoperated the two-armed robot all the way from Seattle. Automaton spoke with Hannaford to get the details.