We develop applications in the field of robotics in cooperation with a number of our clients. For example, we produce training equipment for trainee eye surgeons and dentists. Most of our mechanical parts are developed in Leiden, where our machinery is housed. We then assemble the various components.
The training equipment contains haptic feedback technology (haptics). When a user manipulates a piece of equipment that provides haptic feedback, performing movements allows them to feel a virtual object. The simulation of this virtual object can be used as part of a larger computer simulation. This means that training no longer requires the use of real objects. Thus trainee surgeons, for instance, do not have to practice on real people.
In the future, this technology can also be used to perform surgery long-distance. At the moment, however, this is still some way beyond our reach due to the time lag involved.