Google robotics, who would have ever thought you would hear those two words together ten years ago? Google has its mitts in just about everything in the tech world you can think of, some we probably don’t even know of. We’re all aware of Google’s purchase of robotics company Boston Dynamics. Now Google has struck up a deal with Johnson & Johnson to combine resources and intellectual properties to develop robotic assistants for surgeons. The Wall Street Journal reports that no financial details have been disclosed but the deal is expected to be finalized in the second quarter and will have to go through antitrust authorities.
The focus is on so-called minimally-invasive surgery, which uses tools and other technology to reduce scarring, blood loss, pain and speed recovery times. Surgeons are increasingly using robotics and special cameras to control some of these tools and guide them to the right areas inside the body.
“We hope to someday improve the experience of both surgeons and patients in the operating room,” Andrew Conrad, a co-founder of the National Genomics Institute said in a statement.
The Google deal is with a company called Ethicon which is a part of Johnson & Johnson that focuses on tech and surgical devices. With the mounds of cash that Google has at its disposal, its always interesting to see what they’re doing with it. Say what you want about Google, love or hate them, they are trying all sorts of new and exciting things. Be sure to read The Wall Street Journal’s full write up. What do you think of Google teaming up with Johnson & Johnson? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.
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