Watch If You Dare: This Tentacled Robot Will Perform Microsurgery on Your Eyes

Watch this tiny robot uses its pincers to perform a cataract surgery and — oh my god, stop, keep it away from my eyeballs!

By Samantha Cole | MOTHERBOARD

If you can stand to watch it through your laced fingers, it’s a pretty amazing little dude. Called Axsis, the robot was designed by Cambridge Consultants and showed off earlier this week. Its body is the size of a soda can and its instruments measure only 1.8 millimeters in diameter. It’s made to perform one of the most common surgeries —cataract correction.

This miniature eye-probing bot is meant to provide greater precision and less human error than a doctor’s fleshy fingers, but it still relies on a human surgeon controlling it using joysticks, with some help from motion-sensing algorithms. “That computer can recognize when the surgeon’s about to make a motion that’s gonna go outside and puncture the lens, for example, and stop that motion,” Chris Wagner, head of advanced surgical systems at Cambridge Consultants, says in this video from Reuters and CCTV News.

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