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 for medical 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 February 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 assemblies, allowing for precise control of the camera orientation. The assembly also features a main camera body support with an electrical component cavity, an actuation system that can be cable or motor-driven, and the option to include peripheral cameras and lighting sources for enhanced functionality.

Furthermore, the camera assembly incorporates rotational positional sensors to detect movement about the pitch and yaw axes, along with an electrical communication component for transmitting captured information. The design ensures flexibility and durability, with features like a flexible printed circuit board, protective casing, and mechanical stops to prevent over-rotation. The assembly can transition between insertion and deployment configurations, with the ability to maintain a specific orientation even in confined spaces. Overall, the patented camera assembly offers a comprehensive solution for medical imaging, combining precision control, versatility, and robust construction to meet the demands of various medical procedures.

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