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Smaller, smarter, softer robotic arm for endoscopic surgery


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Bioinspired approach combines pop-up fabrication with soft robotics.

Endoscopes rely on rigid surgical tools to manipulate or remove tissue.

Harvard University researchers have developed a hybrid rigid-soft robotic arm.

The arm lies flat on an endoscope until needed at the desired spot.

The study was published in the Advanced Materials Technologies journal.

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Advanced Materials Technologies

Journal covering research on all technology-related materials applications.

Robert Wood

Charles River Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences at SEAS.

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS)

Educational institution for engineering, foundational science and the liberal arts.

Sheila Russo

Assistant Professor at Boston University.

Wyss Institute

Research institute focused on developing bioinspired materials and devices