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