A New Miniature Manipulator for Laparoscopic Camera Control

  • P. A. Finlay
Part of the IFMBE Proceedings book series (IFMBE, volume 25/6)


The trend in surgical robotics is towards smaller more affordable devices. The FreeHand telemanipulator is a new example of a 3-axis laparoscopic camera holder which is small enough to be mounted directly over the entry port without interfering with the surgeon’s workspace. The FreeHand has several unique features, including a geometry with three independent axes that greatly simplifies control by avoiding the need for kinematic motion calculations. To ensure sterility, the zoom axis assembly has been designed as a low cost, sterile single-use disposable component, including its own specially developed motor. Friction drives allow the surgeon to adjust axes manually when preferred, if a large movement is required.


robotics laparoscopy surgery camera holder 


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. A. Finlay
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  1. 1.Director and CTO, Prosurgics LtdBracknellUnited Kingdom

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