Google and Johnson & Johnson announced today that the two companies will be working together in order to develop a robotic surgery assistance platform.
The idea is to ultimately create “new robotic tools and capabilities,” in addition to the platform, by sharing expertise and intellectual property and utilizing Google’s surgery-focused subsidiary Ethicon.
As far as more details on what the robotics surgery assistance platform might entail, your guess is as good as mine.
Specifics are unclear, but robots performing surgery seems like a trend that will take off as technology continues to advance.
Johnson & Johnson describes the whole thing as “a type of minimally invasive surgery that uses technology to give surgeons greater control, access, and accuracy during the surgical procedure while benefitting patients by minimizing trauma and scarring.”
There seems to be a growing trend towards major companies making moves in the medical and/or health and fitness industry so we’ll just have to wait and see how this collaboration plays out.