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The embodiments disclosed herein relate to various medical device components, including components that can be incorporated into robotic and/or in vivo medical devices. Certain embodiments include various actuation system embodiments, including fluid actuation systems, drive train actuation systems, and motorless actuation systems. Additional embodiments include a reversibly lockable tube that can provide access for a medical device to a patient's cavity and further provides a reversible rigidity or stability during operation of the device. Further embodiments include various operational components for medical devices, including medical device arm mechanisms that have both axial and rotational movement while maintaining a relatively compact structure. medical device winch components, medical device biopsy/stapler/clamp mechanisms, and medical device adjustable focus mechanisms.

Title
Methods and systems of actuation in robotic devices
Application Number
12/171413
Publication Number
8343171 (B2)
Application Date
July 11, 2008
Publication Date
January 1, 2013
Inventor
Jeff Hawks
Lincoln
NE, US
Stephen R Platt
Garland
NE, US
Amy Lehman
Seward
NE, US
Mark Rentschler
Omaha
NE, US
Shane M Farritor
Lincoln
NE, US
Agent
Sean D Solberg
Davis Brown Koehn Shors & Roberts P C
Assignee
Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska
NE, US
IPC
A61B 19/00
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