A robotic system devised for assisting the surgeon in the repositioning of fractures. As can be imagined, it is not easy for the surgeon to reposition and maintain the position of two or more bone sections for several hours during fixation. This often results in slight postoperative misalignments. However, robots do not tire and can maintain position accurately over long periods.
The Reporobo project resulted in a demonstrator showing that the robot is capable of prehending the fixatur with zero degrees of unwanted movement indefinitely. Furthermore, the integration of angle sensors made it possible for the robot to follow patient movements.