Microsurgery Robot Performs Surgery On Single Corn Kernel

With over 17 years of writing experience, Jonathan has had a passion for all things tech-related, ever since watching Inspector Gadget as a child. He's disassembled countless appliances and managed to put a few back together, and one still works. When not writing, he can often be found playing video games or accidentally hurting himself in the garage.

To demonstrate the precision of its Microsurgery Assistance Robot prototype, Sony has released a video of the robot being used to stitch up a single corn kernel carefully. The robot, which can mimic the movements of a human surgeon from a 1:2 to 1:10 scale, allows doctors to perform more delicate tasks than their own hands are capable of. My hands? I can’t even open a bag of chips without accidentally ripping the thing in half and spilling Doritos all over the floor. You don’t hear my dogs complaining, though.

In the video, the robot first makes a small slice in the kernel with a tiny scissor attachment, then stitches it back up using two fine gripper hands to hold the needle and string. The robot can be fitted with a variety of various appendages for specialized uses, all of which are powered by the robot’s fine precision motors.

Will I buy a Microsurgery Assistance Robot and make the world’s smallest origami? That all depends on how much the robot costs and how much I can sell tiny origami for on Etsy. If I had to take a guess now before doing any research though, my guess is no, I will not be doing that.

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With over 17 years of writing experience, Jonathan has had a passion for all things tech-related, ever since watching Inspector Gadget as a child. He's disassembled countless appliances and managed to put a few back together, and one still works. When not writing, he can often be found playing video games or accidentally hurting himself in the garage.