October 29, 2015      

Robots have been helping with partial knee replacements, and two companies hope to apply them to full joint replacements. Orthopedics maker Smith & Nephew PLC has acquired surgical robotics company Blue Belt Holdings Inc. for $275 million.

Plymouth, Minn.-based Blue Belt Technologies was spun out of Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute in 2003. Its Navio system is a combination of CT-scan-free navigation software and a handheld, robotically controlled bone-shaping drill.

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