Sunday, March 22, 2009

Immersion Medical granted full Patent for spinal fusion simulation

from the IV MB, post by cellodude:

>>Medical device and procedure simulation


A device is disclosed that includes an interface member including a material and a manipulandum movable in a degree of freedom. The manipulandum is able to penetrate the material. A sensor is configured to output a position signal based on the position of the manipulandum. An actuator is configured to output haptic feedback by applying a compressive force to the material based on the position signal. In other embodiments, a method is disclosed that includes receiving a position signal associated with a position of a manipulandum, where at least a portion of the manipulandum penetrates the interface material. Haptic feedback is output by varying a density of the interface material based on the position signal.

Inventors: Cunningham; Richard L. (Washington, DC), Cohen; Robert (Kensington, MD)
Assignee: Immersion Medical, Inc. (Gaithersburg, MD)
Appl. No.: 10/803,080
Filed: March 18, 2004

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