Kobra Simulator

The Kobra simulator is a very impressive device. It is designed to be a “complete simulator designed for teaching oral surgery procedures in virtual reality”.

As far as we are aware, it is the only simulator of its type to be specifically designed for oral surgery.

The major selling point of the Kobra is the custom haptic arm piece that is designed by the same team and it’s speciality for oral surgery.

In April 2019, we had the good fortune of visiting Forsslund Systems in Sweden and seeing their new device.

The simulator impressed us and we found the haptic arm to be of good quality and hope to see further developments in the future.

Jonas Forsslund, CEO, said the Kobra Simulator has five key advantages (among many):

  • Only simulator specifically targeting Oral Surgery
  • Custom-made high force & high stiffness haptic device
  • Open source simulation engine that is extendable
  • Large co-located 3D display
  • Growing library of patient cases open for extensions

How does it compare?

We’re happy to present a comparison of the three different simulators: Virteasy Dental, Kobra Simulator and Simodont to further understand the similarities and differences.

Voxelman
Virteasy Dental Logo voxel-man-logo
Virteasy Kobra Simodont Voxelman
Operating
System
Windows & Linux Linux Windows NT Windows 10
Haptic Arm 7.9N Touch X (from Geomagic) Custom (from Forsslund Systems) Custom (TBC) 3.3N Touch
Standalone Dental Mirror Yes (free flow) No Yes (haptics) Yes (haptics)
Open Source No Yes No No
Categories Restoration
Endodontics
Prosthodontics
Implantology
Oral Surgery Restoration
Endodontics
Prosthodontics
Restoration
Endodontics
Prosthodontics
STL Compatible Yes Yes Yes Yes
STL Library Yes Yes Yes Yes
3D Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080 HD 24 Inches 1920 x 1080 HD 24 Inches 800 x 600 pixels 1920 x 1080 HD 24 Inches (TBC)
3D Glasses Yes – Active Yes – Active Yes – Passive Yes – Active (TBC)
Multiple viewers of simulation (*) Yes Yes No Yes
Virtual Patient Case Studies Yes Yes Yes Yes (TBC)
Virtual Patient Simulation Yes Yes No No (TBC)
Full 3D Scene Yes No No No (TBC)
Antagonist Mode On request No Yes Yes (TBC)
Number of Exercises 115+ 6 (more being created) 80+ (TBC) TBC
DICOM Compatible Yes No No No (TBC)
Curriculum Yes No Yes No (TBC)
Broadcast Simulators Yes No Yes No (TBC)
Editor Program? Yes No (TBC) No (TBC) No (TBC)
Universities 26 3 80+ (TBC) 100+ (TBC)
Case Study Available on YouTube Not Currently Available on YouTube TBC
Parent Company HRV Simulation – France Forsslund Systems – Sweden Nissin – Japan Voxel Man Group – Germany
(*) This is a requested addition to the comparisons by Forsslund Systems

Integrations

Currently, we are working with Forsslund Systems on integrating Virteasy Editor with their simulator and provide the capability to create new lessons from STL and DICOM images (including patient scans!).

To Purchase

You can purchase the Kobra Simulator directly from Forsslund Systems with a starting price of €45,000.

References

http://www.kobrasimulator.com/

https://www.simodontdentaltrainer.com/

De Boer, Ilse & Wesselink, paul & Vervoorn, Marjoke. (2015). Student performance and appreciation using 3D vs. 2D vision in a virtual learning environment. European journal of dental education : official journal of the Association for Dental Education in Europe. 20. 10.1111/eje.12152.

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