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L&T Expects 50% of all Surgeries to be Robot-Assisted by 2025

50% of all surgeries will be robot-assisted by 2025, says infrastructure and engineering conglomerate Larsen & Toubro (L&T)

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Larsen & Toubro (L&T) expects almost 50 per cent of all surgeries to be robot-assisted by 2025. (Representational Image). Wikimedia Commons

Infrastructure and engineering conglomerate Larsen & Toubro (L&T) expects almost 50 per cent of all surgeries to be robot-assisted by 2025, as Artificial Intelligence (AI) makes robots precise enough to facilitate complex surgeries, the company said on Monday.

The L&T Technology Services Limited (LTTS) organised an ‘Experience Walk-through’ as part of a symposium on advancement in robot-assisted surgery to enable participants to get hands-on experience with cutting-edge products and solutions in the medical and medical equipment field.

Experts in the field including Professor Kesh Kesavadas from University of Illinois and the inventor of RoSS Robotic Surgery Simulator, the world’s first stand-alone training system for da Vinci surgical system, and Dr. Ramalingam, from PSG Institute of Medical Science and Research, Coimbatore, expect the percentage of robot-assisted surgeries to jump to 50 per cent by 2025 from around 10 per cent today.

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The L&T Technology Services Limited (LTTS) organised an ‘Experience Walk-through’ as part of a symposium on advancement in robot-assisted surgery. Wikimedia Commons

“Training surgeons to become proficient in the use of robots is a major challenge in India. Innovative low-cost training systems such as the Endo-Training kit and new VR/AR based training simulators such as RoSS promises to address the needs of the fast-growing clinical robotic sector,” said Professor Kesh Kesavadas of the University of Illinois in the US.

The symposium was dedicated to discussing the possibilities and advancements in the field of Medical Robotics.

“Technological disruption is transforming the development process across markets, promoting new levels of efficiency and creativity in manufacture of healthcare products,” Abhishek Sinha, COO and Member of the Board at L&T Technology Services, said in a statement.

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“It is also essential to connect with the leading lights of the academia to further the cause of healthcare to all. LTTS is proud to be a part of the technological shift that is transforming the medical and healthcare landscape,” Sinha added. (IANS)

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Google Brings a New Update to its Chat App Duo

Google Duo increases group calling limit to 12 participants

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Google increased the maximum number of participants to 250 for G Suite and G Suite for Education subscribers. Pixabay

Google has updated its popular Duo chat app by increasing the group video user limit from 8 to 12 people into a single group call to help more people stay connected and practice social distancing.

The new 12-person limit compares to eight for house party, 32 for Apple’s FaceTime, 50 for Skype and Messenger, and 100 for Zoom’s free tier.

“We are grateful that Duo is helping users see their loved ones all around the world. We recognize group calling is particularly critical right now. We have increased group calling from 8 participants to 12 effective today. More to come,” Google’s senior director of product management Sanaz Ahari Lemelson tweeted on Friday.

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Last year, Google added group calling to Duo with an eight-party limit. Pixabay

She also hinted at more changes that would come soon, without getting into the details.

The change is already effective but currently it unclear whether it will be reverted once everything goes back to normal or whether it’s here to stay.

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Last year, Google added group calling to Duo with an eight-party limit.

Additionally, Google also recently increased the maximum number of participants to 250 for G Suite and G Suite for Education subscribers. (IANS)