Vicarious Surgical has been granted a patent for a camera assembly system that includes a console assembly, trocar assembly, and camera assembly with rotational positional sensors. The system allows for precise control and movement of the stereoscopic camera assembly during surgical procedures. GlobalData’s report on Vicarious Surgical gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Vicarious Surgical, Surgical robots was a key innovation area identified from patents. Vicarious Surgical's grant share as of April 2024 was 15%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Stereoscopic camera assembly with pitch and yaw actuation system

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Vicarious Surgical Inc.

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11911116B2) discloses a camera assembly designed for medical applications. The assembly includes a camera support tube that passes through a trocar and houses a stereoscopic camera system. This system consists of two camera modules with independent pitch and yaw actuation mechanisms, allowing for precise control of the camera angles. The assembly also features an actuation system that can be cable-driven or motor-driven, along with additional components such as peripheral cameras and lighting sources.

Furthermore, the camera assembly incorporates rotational positional sensors to detect movement along the pitch and yaw axes, ensuring accurate positioning during use. An electrical communication component transmits data captured by the cameras and sensors, with a flexible printed circuit board (FPCB) or printed circuit board (PCB) enabling movement in multiple rotational degrees of freedom. The design also includes protective features like a flex shield and constant-force spring, along with mechanical stops to prevent over-rotation. Overall, this patented camera assembly offers advanced functionality and precision for medical imaging procedures, enhancing the quality and efficiency of visual data capture in a clinical setting.

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