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Hard Constraints: Why Telemanipulated Surgical Robots Affect Creative Tool Use

Abstract : The operating room is fertile ground for creativity: problems constantly arise, various surgical tasks impose their own constraints, and a wide range of tools is available. The introduction of telemanipulated robots in Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) has impacted the work of surgeons and their teams in terms of communication, use of perceptual senses, social structure, roles, and more. But do they also impact creativity? I present preliminary results of data re-analysis from an earlier field study focusing on creative tool use. Results suggest that current surgical robots limit creativity as they impose hard constraints: they remove haptic feedback, isolate the surgeon, and are built in rigid ways.
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Ignacio Avellino. Hard Constraints: Why Telemanipulated Surgical Robots Affect Creative Tool Use. WISH@CHI19 Symposium: Workgroup on Interactive Systems in Health, May 2019, Glasgow, United Kingdom. ⟨hal-02145432⟩



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