The prototype will become part of the museum's permanent Science and Medicine collections. There are currently no plans for a display.
"We are grateful to be able to include ROBODOC and related materials to the museum's permanent collections," said John Gray, the museum's director. "This donation supports our curators' goal to explore innovative medical robotics in the advancing field of precision technology and engineering and to document the early history of medial robotics."
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the ROBODOC in 1998. Since then, it has been used in more than 28,000 procedures worldwide.
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