Re: Competition needed in robotic surgery?
Competition may help in progressing the technology, but there are many academic institutions working on these technical problems right now. I don't think Intuitive really has a need to push the integration of haptics at this point - many surgeons are able to compensate with stereoscopic visual feedback. I'm not certain that many other companies would be interested in entering this space with a similar form factor due to the limited types of surgeries that can be performed (those where the structures are fixed in place). Better miniaturization may change this.