KAIST develops a flexible, remote endoscopic surgery robot: K-FLEX, which is now undergoing porcine trials since September. Earlier this year, the system was selected as the best robot of the Hamlyn Surgical Robot Challenge [link].
“Successful experiments of pig gallbladder dissection were performed using the robot, developed entirely (except endoscope module) at KAIST. Doctors are having difficulty with settings used in minimally invasive surgery. It does not provide intuitive hand-eye coordination like open surgery, and physical problems such as increased fatigue and hand trembling are caused by ergonomically bad posture.