13. April 2016
The vbw Council for the Future of the Bavarian Economy – Part 6: Technological applications
Bavaria’s success is owed to the technological leadership of its companies. It is vital that the excellent research and development activity in Bavaria is translated into innovative technologies in order to strengthen growth, prosperity and social cohesion in the state. The vbw Council for the Future of the Bavarian Economy has showcased some of these innovative Bavarian technologies that are aimed at tackling challenges like globalization, demographic change as well as questions about the supply of energy and resources and climate change.
Robots for surgery and prosthetic devices
The Robotics and Mechatronics Center (RMC) of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) creates robots for use in minimal invasive surgery as well as robotic prosthetic devices.
The DLR has developed the light-weight robot MIRO for the application in various surgical procedures. The robotic arms use a lightweight construction and can thus be mounted quickly and flexibly on an operating table. They feature a programmable touch sensitivity which enables them to avoid collisions. The surgeon gets a tactile experience comparable to open-body surgery thanks to stereoscopic image transfer and force-feedback via the controller.
Advances in robotics and machine learning also open new possibilities to help physically disabled people. The RMC has developed innovative methods to control prosthetic devices. So far, prosthetic hands have been limited to a simple opening and closing of the hand. New developments make the movement of individual fingers possible. This raises the functionality of the prosthetic hand considerably. The DLR is also developing robotic assistance systems for people with more severe physical impairments such as paralysis of the upper extremities.
In upcoming issues of the newsletter we will introduce further technological applications developed in Bavaria and showcased through the Council for the Future of the Bavarian Economy.
For more information on the vbw Council for the Future of the Bavarian Economy, please click here (in German language)