Smith & Nephew: Hand-held surgical robot
London-based Smith & Nephew offered a preview of Navio 7.0, the latest software for its hand-held robotic surgical system. Navio 7.0 was designed to improve the surgeon experience through a new intuitive interface, expanded surgical preferences, and streamlined workflow that may reduce surgery time over the previous version. The new software could be available in the second half of 2019.
The company also said it plans to introduce a next-generation Navio system and handpiece in 2020. It will be smaller than the current device and CT-free, which will enable its incorporation into the company’s sports medicine tower and make it more usable in ambulatory surgery centers.
Smith & Nephew added that its research & development program is looking to add augmented reality, stand-alone robotic arms and machine learning to its platform, and said it plans to open a new R&D and education center focused on robotics in Pittsburgh.