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Here’s A Precision Surgical Robot Folding A Paper Airplane, Because It Can

Who doesn’t love seeing expensive robotic equipment intended for performing delicate surgery used instead for the critical application of folding and (sort of, not quite) flying a paper airplane? Here:

Dr. James Porter of Swedish Hospital in Seattle did this video to demonstrate exactly how delicately these things can work. It’s pretty impressive, although the part where it tries to fly the plane is weak. Good thing surgical robots generally don’t have to throw anything. (Although that might be fun. Hey, you over there, here’s a spleen — catch!) If you ever need precision surgery or need to fold and throw a paper airplane, you now know where to go.

HT: KIRO-TV Seattle

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  1. B says:

    Pretty sure it can only grab the paper plane from above, and that’s why it can’t fly it.

  2. Charlie says:

    At first I saw him mess up and send the piece of paper flying I was like surgery BOTCHED. Then the guy drops the penny like it’s nothing and it BLEW MY MIND.

  3. Rob says:

    They’ve got to practice somehow. The surgeon controls these things directly and they’ve got to learn the controls. If he’s going to be slicing me up with this thing, I say let him make a whole squadron of paper airplanes first! Or maybe this is a new way for the homeless to make money. Bring your surgeon a practice “dummy”. Hey fella? I’ll pay you $500 to let this guy remove your appendix. Anesthesia? How about all the hooch you can swallow?

  4. PapaFrita says:

    It might have flown better if he picked an airplane model with more weight at the front. That one wouldn’t fly well even if you made it bigger. Cool robot, though.

  5. Sean says:

    You think that is impressive? Check out the one handed tiny paper crane created by this guy from Now that is impressive!

  6. Jeff Edsell says:

    To be fair to the robot’s throwing ability, I’m not sure a paper airplane that small could actually fly, no matter how well thrown.

    I’d like to see him do one of those origami swans where you pull the tail and the wings flap.

  7. Damn. I just got the bill for that paper airplane. There’s a $806 charge for the paper, a $7,060 fee from the surgeon, a $650 lapriscopic arm rental (6 hours?), $200 for the cloth surface, $674 from the videographer, $410 for the music licensing, $200 for music sync services and the TSA tacked on a $6 “911 security fee” for the flights.

  8. Juan says:

    First, I was like: That’s cool. But it’s a piece of paper. How hard can it be.

    Then, at around the 3 minute mark, I was like: Holy Crap! That’s a PIECE of paper!

  9. Tyson says:

    This is where it starts. This and then it’s making them by itself and before you know BOOM, Arnie’s kickin yo door down, shootin some shit up.

  10. Keenan says:

    Now we know why Lord Voldemort had to kill him. Oh… wait… James PoRter… Maybe I’m too much of a nerd.