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Visualized: this motion compensated tool prototype will haunt your dreams

Brian Heater

The Biorobotics lab at Harvard has interests extending beyond robot hands. The team is doing some fascinating stuff in the medical field, as well, including the exploration of heart surgery while the heart itself is still beating. They've explored some motion compensating tools, and we just couldn't take our eyes off of this one during our visit -- not exactly the last thing you want to see before they put you under. Part of the reason the device is so large is due to the weighted motion compensating system built in making it look like the sort of tool they'd use if they ever needed to perform open heart surgery during Blade Runner.

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