The da Vinci surgical device was already groundbreaking but needed refinement. From the start, Speck knew the undertaking would be extensive and that partnering with their Engineering and Design teams was the best way forward. A blend of teams and processes is never easy, but this is a strategy Speck has employed frequently and knows how to execute well. The Process Since Intuitive is located in Sunnyvale, California, about 15 minutes away from Speck’s San Jose office, our two companies were in a unique position to fully integrate our engineering and design teams. The Speck Team worked onsite in Sunnyvale with their engineers and designers. Using their understanding of an industry resistant to change and our own expertise in upgrading existing designs, we were able to make something revolutionary in robotic-assisted surgery.