Similar to car engineers creating self-driving cars, medical technicians have found a way to automate processes in their field as well.
It’s something out of a Star Wars flick: a robotic system that stitches up tissue in living animals without a real doctor pulling the strings.
Doctors won’t leave the entire procedure to the robots – they’ll still be, uh, supervising – though the machines performed as well, and sometimes better, in small tests using pigs.
“The purpose wasn’t to replace surgeons,” said Dr. Peter C.W. Kim of Children’s National Health System in Washington, a pediatric surgeon who led the project. “If you have an intelligent tool that works with a surgeon, can it improve the outcome? That’s what we have done.”
Check out the potentially game-changing piece of medical tech in action in the video below.