30079839 story Open Source Robotic Surgeon 42 Posted by Soulskill on Wednesday March 07, 2012 @02:16AM from the with-many-eyes-all-bugs-are-still-potentially-lethal dept. GlobalEcho writes "Researchers have created a second version of the Raven robotic surgeon, with open-source control code. 'UW researchers also created software to work with the Robot Operating System, a popular open-source robotics code, so labs can easily connect the Raven to other devices and share ideas.' Unfortunately for them, according to The Economist, 'there is [a] legal problem. Intuitive Surgical, the company behind the da Vinci [robot], holds patents that could make launching a commercial competitor tricky — at least in the immediate future."