Da Vinci(R) Surgical System Robot And Blue Man Group To Invade This Year’s Boston FIRST Robotics Competition

February 16, 2009 at 11:00 am Leave a comment


The Boston FIRST (For
Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics
Committee today announced that Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci(R)
Surgical System, which allows surgeons to perform procedures remotely
with the use of robotic technology, will be on display and
demonstrated at this year’s robotics competition.



This year’s competition will be held March 6 & 7 at Boston
University’s Agganis Arena.



Dr. Hiep Nguyen, co-director of the Center for Robotic Surgery at
Children’s Hospital Boston, will be a featured speaker during
Saturday’s competition and will also provide a demonstration of the
da Vinci Surgical System. Dr. Nguyen will detail how the robot is
used at Children’s Hospital to perform minimally invasive,
laparoscopic procedures — ensuring a quicker healing time and
all-around better experience for the patients treated there.



For the second year, Blue Man Group, the multimedia entertainment
phenomenon, will perform during the opening ceremony for the
competition’s Final Matches:  Saturday, March 7, 2009 at 12:45pm.
This special live appearance will showcase the Blue Man signature
music and trademark excitement, and is open to the public. Blue Man
Group in Boston is best known for their wildly popular ongoing
theatrical show at the Charles Playhouse that combines theatrics with
music, comedy and state-of-the-art technology producing a totally
unique form of entertainment.



“We are really excited for this year’s competition and are delighted
to be able to highlight how robots are transforming healthcare
delivery,” said Marc Hodosh, Chairman Boston FIRST and President of
TEDMED.    “I am also excited to have Blue Man returning for a second
year in a row; the excitement they brought last year fired up the
competition and inspired our participants.”



For this year’s competition, “Lunacy,” robots are designed to pick up
9″ balls and score them in trailers hitched to their opponents’ robots
for points during a 2 minute and 15 second match.  Additional points
are awarded for scoring a special game ball, the Super Cell, in the
opponents’ trailers during the last 20 seconds of the match.  “Lunacy”
is played on a low-friction floor, which means teams must contend
with the laws of physics.



Once again, this year’s competition is possible through generous
donations from some of the area’s leading corporations and educational
institutions such as Boston University, MIT & MIT Lincoln Laboratory,
P&G Gillette, Analogic Corporation, PTC, Textron, Draper Laboratory,
The Mathworks and many other supporting and respected organizations.



In just three years, the Boston Regional has become one of the most
popular regional events in the country. Last year’s competition
attracted an audience of over 7,000.



About FIRST



Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST (For Inspiration and
Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to promote an
appreciation of science and technology in young people.  Based in
Manchester, NH, FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs that
build self-confidence, knowledge and life skills while motivating
young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology and
engineering.  With the support of many of the world’s most well-known
companies, the non-profit organization hosts the FIRST Robotics
Competition for high school students and the FIRST Lego League for
children 9-14 years old.  To learn more about FIRST, go to
http://www.usfirst.org.  To learn more about Boston FIRST and the
Boston Regional Competition, please visit http://www.BostonFIRST.org



FIRST

[Via http://www.medicalnewstoday.com]

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