Magnetic connectors for a modular robot aimed at gastric surgery with Zoltan Nagy

In this episode Zoltan Nagy talks about his work with magnetic connectors for a modular robot aimed at gastric surgery. The aim is to develop a system with pieces that can be swallowed individually and that assembles in the stomach and performs surgery. Nagy studied the optimal design of the magnetic connector, and surprisingly the difference in connection success was significant for seemingly similar configurations of the magnetic properties. http://youtu.be/-wwfn739Da0 A great video summary of the concept and the testing they have done so far. http://youtu.be/fXzVNSxWlBg A magnetically controlled robot for eye surgery.

Magnetic connectors for a modular robot aimed at gastric surgery with Zoltan Nagy in EP 4 of the Flexible Elements Podcast

Zoltan received his MSc in Mechanical Engineering at ETH Zurich specializing in Robotics and Microsystems in 2006. Since then, he has been a research assistant at the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems. His research interest include the magnetic modeling of complex magnetic microrobots as well as modeling self-assembling systems.       Show notes – Zoltan Nagy http://www.zoltan-nagy.net http://www.zoltan-nagy.net/ – ETH Zürich http://www.ethz.ch/ – A video shoing how the units conect when dropped in the stomace replica http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wwfn739Da0 – A video of a future system small enough to work in the eye http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXzVNSxWlBg – – The Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems web have more information on related projects http://www.iris.ethz.ch/msrl/research – A great clip from the swiss french tv (it’s in French) http://www.nouvo.ch/157-1 – IJBBR Paper http://www.iris.ethz.ch/msrl/publications/files/Nagy_IJBBR010101.pdf – A great, Longer report one the ARES project as a hole http://ec.europa.eu/research/fp6/nest/pdf/projects/ares.pdf – The CRIM Lab, Pisa, Italy http://www-crim.sssup.it/tiki-index.php – Professor Paolo Dario http://www-crim.sssup.it/tiki-index.php?page=Paolo+Dario The motors used in the unit http://www.namiki.net/product/kbo/index.html

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