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Friday, September 21, 2012
Following a successful appearance by OC Robotics' Rob Buckingham at the International Conference on Oncological Engineering in Leeds, BBC News have published an article explaining the merits of using snake-arm robots for surgical procedures.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Update 27/09/2011: the demonstrations have now been completed - see our Sellafield demonstration page for more information.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
OC Robotics has been awarded an Exceptional Research Project R&D grant from the South West Regional Development Agency to develop a revolutionary surgical Snake-Arm for the emerging field of Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES). NOTES is a relatively new surgical technique, utilising natural orifices to provide access for surgical procedures, thereby eliminating external scarring and reducing recovery time.
Friday, May 6, 2011
OC Robotics and TWI Ltd (Cambridge) have received funding from the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) to jointly produce a feasibility study on incorporating a high power laser into a snake-arm robot. This new project, known as LaserSnake, will be the first of its kind and will demonstrate the application of snake-arm robotics combined with specialist end effectors.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
On 14th October 2010, OC Robotics was presented with the prize for Small Company of the Year at the British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEA). The awards are designed to celebrate the best in British engineering design and innovation, intending to "demonstrate to all UK engineering companies that it is possible to succeed; that they can work to a high level and, at that high level, compete globally."
Friday, August 15, 2008
OC Robotics has developed a snake-arm robot that is only 1/2" (12.5mm) in diameter. The arm is the smallest snake-arm robot to date and uncoils out of a briefcase-sized box where it is stowed. The arm is 24" (610mm) in length, with longer arms under development, and was designed for the US Department of Defense who needed a way of inspecting and working inside confined or cluttered spaces - a capability not previously available.