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VOTW: Robot Makes Tiny Paper Aeroplane

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The only thing better than tiny robot hands that operate to save lives are tiny multi-talented life-saving robot hands that can also make paper aeroplanes.

If you’re in the medical profession, you might recognize the machine in this week’s Video of the Week. The da Vinci surgical robot provides surgeons with the kind of precision that cannot be matched by the gloved, golden-hands of even the most talented surgeon. He also makes paper aeroplanes.

Of course, one could argue that the impressive part of all of this is the skill exhibited by Dr. James Porter, the man at the da Vinci’s controls, and one might be right. Okay, smarty-pants: who’s fault is it that this robot throws like a girl?

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    christop , April 2, 2011 1:31 AM
    Super cool tool for surgery...
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    Assmar , April 2, 2011 1:37 AM
    Not really a robot though, is it. It's a really technically impressive tool, though!
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    techseven , April 2, 2011 1:38 AM
    But, can it play Crysis 2?

    Oh yes it can, but its unwillingness to shoot anyone makes it useless, it only wants to make friends and make them paper aeroplanes...
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    nukemaster , April 2, 2011 2:16 AM
    Impressive tool, but even my fat fingers can fold an airplane that size :) 

    What impresses me most is how well it was operated.
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    wolley74 , April 2, 2011 2:18 AM
    one skilled doctor o,o
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    ltbob , April 2, 2011 3:42 AM
    First I was like.. WOAH THATS A HUGE PENNY then I figured out it was actually a little piece of paper
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    Johnny Barber , April 2, 2011 4:06 AM
    This made me smile like a child. I am wowed :) 
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    Anonymous , April 2, 2011 4:55 AM
    Lame robots perform open heart surgery. Cool robots make tiny paper airplanes.
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    saaiello , April 2, 2011 4:55 AM
    So that's how you make a paper airplane...
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    nebun , April 2, 2011 5:18 AM
    christopSuper cool tool for surgery...

    this tool is already used for surgery, nothing new here, lol
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    Anonymous , April 2, 2011 8:51 AM
    not a robot, but "robot hands". We have a da Vinci at our university. whoooooooooo
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    alidan , April 2, 2011 11:21 AM
    over all, i am not impressed with air plane. any kid who gets board out of their mind, tries to make the biggest airplane (my recors is 20 feet by 10 feet once folded, i used scrap industrial paper i got for free) and the smallest, mine was 1/4 the size of a dime.

    hell the most impressive thing i did was fold a paper crane, the puff back, not the it flaps its wings kind, at 1/5 the size of a dime.

    i had to do the folds with pins, a razor, and a microscope i had.

    i have also written my name so small it couldn't be read with the human eye.

    now what i am impressed with is the speed this guy did that at, however a surgen needs to be able to do this kind of crap in under 1 minute, and be accurate... these tools are for cutting and stitching inside of the human body with no cutting, or open heart surgery, and stitching the vessels on the heart. you know crap like that where you you have to move fast.
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    NightLight , April 2, 2011 11:54 AM
    he's got a bot! cheater!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    squidz66 , April 2, 2011 3:17 PM
    Those without insurance will be dying to see this!
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    sceen311 , April 2, 2011 5:26 PM
    It's not a robot if it's got a person in direct control of the device, robots are automated. If you work for a technology publication, Get it right!

    On a side note those are some serious roach clips.
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    ProDigit10 , April 2, 2011 6:24 PM
    It only uses med packs!

    It seems from the vid, that the user has a difficulty estimating the depth, like you have looking through a magnifier glass or a microscope.

    I wonder if the plane ever lifted off.
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    kikireeki , April 2, 2011 6:25 PM
    nebunthis tool is already used for surgery, nothing new here, lol

    Impressive skill yes, but for remote surgeries, otherwise, I do not think that anybody would like to be under these metallic pointy tentacles!
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    WR2 , April 2, 2011 7:27 PM
    Not a Robot. A Waldo. As in, remote manipulator.
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    slmarker , April 2, 2011 9:19 PM
    I could have chopped done the tree, made the paper, and then made the plane in the same time. I treated this video like a download. I started it,went to sleep and when I woke it was almost done.
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    pocketdrummer , April 3, 2011 1:12 AM
    1:30 Pew! "DAMNIT!"
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