BlackBerry: Leverage Actin’s Modeling and Control Toolkit Using the QNX Neutrino RTOS for Surgical Robots

Leverage Actin’s Modeling and Control Toolkit Using the QNX Neutrino RTOS for Surgical Robots

A recent Energid Blog demonstrated the QNX® Neutrino® RTOS in the deployment of critical robotic systems. The following excerpts appear on the BlackBerry ThreatVector Blog, courtesy of Energid.

The Actin Toolkit is now more powerful than ever when combined with the reliability, performance and security of the QNX Neutrino RTOS. Actin, the first commercially available SDK for real-time control and simulation of medical robotic systems, can dramatically accelerate the development of your robotics-based medical applications with its advanced tools for modeling, control and monitoring. deployment of complex mechanisms:

The Actin SDK can be used to completely design and test your system in simulation (left) followed by a seamless deployment of your application to hardware (right)

Actin’s powerful simulation tools can help surgeons get the most out of their advanced robotic tools. By letting engineers quickly optimize their designs, they can allow clinicians to try them out before they’re even built. Selecting the best setup can make the most delicate procedures hassle-free so that they can be performed easier, faster, and with better patient outcomes.

Actin technologies are designed from the ground up to control systems with many axes and moving parts in order to maximize their capabilities throughout the procedure. Actin’s advanced coordination algorithms allow medical procedures to progress smoothly and eliminate the need to periodically stop to reconfigure robots into more suitable configurations.

Since no robot is complete until it has been deployed to hardware, Actin was designed from the ground up to support critical systems and can be deployed to embedded systems. Actin allows easy integration with robots, sensors and actuators and is compatible with the QNX Neutrino RTOS, an RTOS commonly used in medical devices and robots.


The QNX Neutrino RTOS microkernel architecture isolates each application, driver, protocol stack, and file system into its own address spaces outside of the kernel. This means that a failed component will not remove other components or the kernel; it can be restarted immediately, with minimal impact on system performance.


The QNX Neutrino RTOS offers the determinism that only a real-time operating system can provide. Techniques such as adaptive partitioning ensure that critical processes get the cycles they need to complete their tasks on time, while maintaining the performance required by your complex embedded systems.


The QNX Neutrino RTOS offers a comprehensive, multi-layered approach to security. You can easily configure security profiles with the granularity you need for your systems, as well as monitor and audit their integrity.

Actin leverages Energid’s unrivaled expertise in the architecture, development and deployment of software applications for complex robotic systems, including medical applications with unmatched control. The Energid team can help bring a new robotic product to market quickly at reduced cost and risk.



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