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Toyota’s Welwalk Robot Brace Helps Stroke Victims Walk Again

Toyota will commercialize in Japan the Welwalk WW-1000 rehabilitation assist robotic system that helps stroke victims get back on their feet and walking again. Toyota plans to rent 100 units to Japanese medical centers beginning in September. There will be a set up cost of 1 million yen ($9,173) and a monthly fee of 350,000 yen ($3,210).
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PABI Penguin Robot Making Autism Therapy More Affordable
By Steve Crowe · 2 December, 2016 • The PABI (Penguin for Autism Behavioral Intervention) robot is looking to make autism therapy more affordable. PABI autonomously conducts ABA therapy while logging therapy data that will be reviewed by a human therapist.
IBM Watson Previews AI-Powered Medical Image Analysis
By RT Staff · 29 November, 2016 • IBM Watson Health has created AI-powered medical image analysis solutions designed to help healthcare providers pursue personalized approaches to patient diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring.
suitX MAX Exoskeleton Designed to Reduce Workplace Injuries
By Steve Crowe · 16 November, 2016 • suitX's Modular Agile eXoskeleton (MAX) is made up of three exoskeletons called backX, shoulderX, and legX that can be worn independently or in any combination depending on the need.
Watch: Robot Teaches itself How to Shoot Hoops in 2 Hours
By RT Staff · 11 November, 2016 • The Sun Devil two-armed robot used a custom version of reinforcement learning to learn how to shoot hoops in two hours. Its creators say the learning technique can be applied to other areas of robotics.
Self-Driving Scooter Helps Mobility-impaired People Get Around
By Steve Crowe · 8 November, 2016 • MIT and the National University of Singapore have built a self-driving scooter to get mobility-impaired people from a vehicle to home or the mall. The self-driving scooter uses the same sensors and software that had been used in previous autonomous car and golf cart tests.
Sumo Robot League: Robots & Sports Spark STEM Interest
By Steve Crowe · 28 October, 2016 • The Robotics Trends Show talks with the Sumo Robot League about how it's combining robotics and sports to address STEM education for middle school and high school students.
3D-Printed Heart-on-a-Chip Could End Animal Testing
By RT Staff · 24 October, 2016 • The first entirely 3D-printed organ-on-a-chip with integrated sensing has been built by researchers from Harvard University. The 3D-printed heart-on-a-chip can be customized to a patient's disease or heart structure to help scientists collect reliable data for short-term and long-term studies.
Watch: Soft Robots Mimic Human Muscles
By Linda Seward, NCCR Robotics · 14 October, 2016 • An EPFL team is developing soft, flexible and reconfigurable robots. Air-actuated, they behave like human muscles and may be used in physical rehabilitation. They are made of low-cost materials and could easily be produced on a large scale.
Sports Robots Coming to Practice Fields Near You
By Steve Crowe · 14 October, 2016 • The Mobile Virtual Player (MVP) robot has garnered attention for its ability to help reduce football-related concussions. But the robot has proved beneficial for many other sports, too.
Self-Driving Bicycle Hopes to Change Public Transit
By Steve Crowe · 12 October, 2016 • The University of Washington Bothell is building a self-driving bicycle that can travel 30 MPH with a 15-mile range. The team claims the self-driving bicycle "could get riders from A to B faster than a self-driving car, and at a tenth of the cost."
AI Helps Sports Fans Find Shortest Concession Lines
By RT Staff · 11 October, 2016 • WaitTime uses cameras and artificial intelligence to steer Indiana Pacers fans to the shortest concession stand lines. WaitTime's system takes pictures of the arena's concession lines 10 times per second to calculate queuing times, order completion times and the number of people who got out of line because they didn't want to wait any longer.
Machine Learning Could Help Screen Kids for Speech Disorders
By MIT News · 22 September, 2016 • A new computer system developed by MIT can automatically screen young children for speech and language disorders and, potentially, even provide specific diagnoses.
Exoskeleton Helps Paralyzed, Pregnant Woman Complete Half Marathon
By Steve Crowe · 13 September, 2016 • Claire Lomas, a 36-year-old woman who is 16 weeks pregnant and paralyzed from the chest down, recently completed the Great North Run with the help of a ReWalk Robotics exoskeleton.
Telepresence Robots Help Sick Students Maintain Social, Academic Ties
By RT Staff · 9 September, 2016 • The University of California, Irvine is first to conduct a formal study of virtual inclusion for home-bound students using telepresence robots. The study found telepresence robots helped these students feel more socially connected with their peers and more involved academically.
ReWalk Sells 100th Personal Exoskeleton
By Steve Crowe · 7 September, 2016 • ReWalk Robotics has sold its 100th personal exoskeleton, calling it "a major milestone indicating growing adoption of personal use of exoskeletons." ReWalk has also sold more than 150 systems to rehabilitation centers.

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