Surgical robot goes 'swimming' in Florida

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Photo: Mitch Lum

Researchers at the University of Washingtonâ''s BioRobotics Lab have found a rather unusual place to field test their surgical robot: NASA's Aquarius underwater habitat off Key Largo, Florida. In the experiment, designed to test the system's remote-control capabilities, the group successfully operated the two-armed bot all the way from their lab in Seattle. But taking the robot to the underwater station was an adventure in itself.

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