Medical Robotics Magazine

The first and only commercial feature medical robotics news magazine, founded February 2007 by John J. Otrompke, JD, consultant and publisher


Medical Robotics Magazine is the world's first and only commercial feature news magazine devoted to all aspect of the medical robotics industry- including robotic surgery, physical therapy robots, hospital orderlies, and other topics related to robotic medicine. As a feature magazine, Medical Robotics features interviews, business news, conference coverage and editorials, as well as a generous portion of articles written by noteworthy robotics surgeons as well as clinical trials reports. MR has been on-line since 2007, and first appeared in print in January of 2008 at the annual meeting of MIRA (the Minimally Invasive Robotics Association) in Rome, Italy. Medical Robotics Magazine is copyrighted, features a nascent Board of Editorial Advisors, and is indexed by the U.S. Library of Congress. All contents (c) 2011 John J. Otrompke, JD Contact: John J. Otrompke, JD 646-730-0179

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Mako Surgical Robots May be Revolutionized by Changes in Movement Control System Made to Underpinning Technology from Barrett Technology

By John Otrompke
Chicago- March 23, 2011
An alternative method of controlling power and movement to robotic arms controlled by Barrett Technology and recently patented by the company may add increased tactile sensitivity to Mako Surgical Robots if licensing talks go through, according to William Townsend, president of Barrett Technology, which manufactures a surgical arm used in Mako Surgical robots.
The new power source, which is approximately two centimeters tall, received a patent in February of 2011, Townsend said. By contrast, the old box, still in use in current Mako robots, measured about half a meter cubed, he added.
“The new system will drain less power, and be much more compact. You could fit many more robots around the operating theater, and they will offer more tactile precision,” if the licensing proposal goes through,” Townsend explained.

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