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June 06, 2012

daVinci Surgical Robot Makes Paper Airplane... Yawn!

A blog reader of mine informed me about this YouTube video of a surgeon, Dr. James Porter, making a paper airplane using a daVinci surgical robot.

For those unawares, the daVinci robot is used to assist the surgeon in "difficult-to-reach" procedures. It is used in the fields of urology, ENT, gynecology, and general surgery.

There is much debate whether the daVinci robot really is worth it.

This paper airplane video is a perfect example of why it is NOT worth the $1.3 million price tag.


Because I can make a paper airplane with my own two hands that is just as good as the one made by the robot, even if it is smaller than a penny... and I can do it faster and WAY more cheaply.

I should also point out that the paper airplane made by the robot couldn't even fly...

NOW... what would have been a much more impressive video and would highlight specifically what the daVinci robot can do that a human would not have been able to do is to make a paper airplane INSIDE of a wine bottle.
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Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids. Google+ Christopher Chang, MD Bio


  1. I thought the same thing at first. Oh wow a robot that can fold a paper plane. Big whoop. Then i started thinking about angles a human wrist could not make precisely...but still, that wasnt a major selling point either. I walked away, and came back towards the end of the video when the plane was complete, thinking "eh, whatever.". And exactly right before I closed this whole page, my mind is blown. THE PLANE IS SMALLER THAN A DAMN PENNY.

    Obviously, the Original Poster did not finish the yes, we can all make paper planes...for a lot less than 1.3 million. But I HIGHLY doubt that there is anyone, ANYONE, that can make a paper plane smaller than a penny. The surgical benefits for this are huge. So many delicate and precise surgeries can and will benefit from this. And at 1.3 million, I believe this machine can pay for itself over a matter of time.


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