The da Vinci robot, renowned for its prostate surgery skill, can also fly planes. Well, paper ones anyway. With Dr. James Porter of Seattle's Swedish Medical Center guiding its tiny robotic arms through the process, da Vinci successfully folds and flies a miniature paper airplane in this video.
This isn't the first time we've been amazed at the dexterity of the four-armed da Vinci robot, which participated in the world's first fully robotic surgery last fall and has even spawned a Kinect-powered prototype. But it's good to see the machine having fun for a change. And it doesn’t surprise us that the namesake of the great Renaissance personality gravitated towards flying machines and art.
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