Case Study

Synaptive Modus V‌™

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How Rangle Helped Synaptive Power the Next Generation of Neurosurgical Robotics

Key Takeaways

In just five months, Synaptive and Rangle:

  • Developed a complex application that powers highly precise neurosurgical robotic devices.
  • Customized a collaborative, agile process that allowed for weekly demonstrations to stakeholders, rapid iteration, and frequent communication.
  • Leveled up Synaptive’s development team on a modern tech stack to maintain the application internally.
  • Built a component library being used by other Synaptive technologies.
  • Employed Angular — a modern, web-based framework backed by Google, a long-term Rangle partner — to simplify future development of other applications.

About Synaptive

Synaptive Medical Inc. is a medical device and technology company disrupting the status quo to give surgeons, hospitals, researchers – and especially patients — a connected experience. Creating technology that addresses surgical challenges while contributing to the best possible outcomes for patients inspires and guides their advancements across medical devices, medical imaging and information science.

Cutting-Edge Neurosurgical Devices

Synaptive second-generation robotic digital microscope — Modus V™ — incorporates state-of-the-art optics and video processing technology to give surgeons an unprecedented view of the surgical field. Mounting the optics to an automated, robotic arm improves ergonomics for the whole surgical team, while projecting the optical feed via on a high-resolution monitor gives everyone in the OR the same view of the procedure, increasing teamwork and communication. Modus V’s automation assists the surgeons by allowing them to keep their hands in the surgical field, reducing the need for manual manipulation and potentially shortening the length of surgery and the time a patient remains under anesthetic.

“Rangle’s development approach made it easy to extend our team and was a fantastic complement to our technical capability.”


High-Level Goals

Synaptive had an existing software user interface built for their first-generation robotic system. To support more complex features built into Modus V, the older tech stack needed a complete overhaul. Synaptive required a dynamic, web-based solution that was just as innovative and intuitive as the hardware itself, and which would complement their existing product line.

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Finding the Right Partner

Although Synaptive considered making internal hires, they needed a rapid solution and believed their business needs would be better served by partnering with Rangle. They engaged Rangle to collaborate on the migration.

“This was a true collaboration right from the outset. By establishing an iterative process, we delivered working software in one-week sprints and held demonstrations for key stakeholders. When features needed tweaking or weren’t quite what Synaptive had imagined, it was easy to change and adapt. That’s one benefit of how Rangle partners: we strive for a relationship based on outcomes, not plans.”

Nick Van Weerdenburg, Founder & CEO, Rangle

Building Future Innovation Through a Component Architecture

Through this approach, Synaptive and Rangle established several components and development practices that Synaptive can apply to future software applications and medical devices

By creating software as intuitive and user-friendly as their hardware, Synaptive seeks to make a real difference for neurosurgeons, their surgical teams, and the patients they treat.

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