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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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Ekso Bionics GT Exoskeleton Starts Clinical Trial
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By Steve Crowe · 18 July, 2016 • An inside look at WPI's Automation and Interventional Medicine (AIM) Robotics Research Laboratory and the work being done to create medical robots and robot-assisted surgery.
Obi Dining Robot Helps Disabled People Feed Themselves
By Steve Crowe · 13 July, 2016 • The Obi robot dining companion gives people with disabilities the power to feed themselves. Obi is a robot arm that can scoop food from a bowl and deliver the food to your mouth.
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By Steve Crowe · 12 July, 2016 • A NAO robot from MIT CSAIL suggests where to move patients and who should do C-sections, demonstrating that robots can carry out more complex tasks at hospitals.
Podcast: Living with Personal Health Robots
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World’s First Kid-Sized Exoskeleton Helps Children Walk
By Steve Crowe · 14 June, 2016 • The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) has introduced an exoskeleton for children with spinal muscular atrophy that will help young patients walk for up to five hours. The exoskeleton consists of long support rods that fit around the user's legs and torso that can be adjusted as the child grows.
Vodafone IoT Powers Ekso GT Exoskeletons
By Steve Crowe · 7 June, 2016 • The Ekso Bionics Ekso GT exoskeleton will now use the network and global Internet of Things (IoT) SIM from telecom giant Vodafone to ensure reliable communications for diagnostics and improved access to patient data with the exoskeleton.
Meet Pillo: Your Personal Home Health Robot
By Steve Crowe · 1 June, 2016 • Pillo is an intelligent home health companion robot that can manage your medications, answer your medical questions, re-order medications, send notifications to family members when medications are missed, and connect you directly with doctors.
Human-Inspired Actuator Paving Way for Soft-Bodied Robots
By Steve Crowe · 1 June, 2016 • Developed by a team at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University, these soft actuators could lead to better assistive robots that could serve food, deliver goods and perform other tasks related to the service industry.
Assistive Robots Vital to Future of Elder Care
By Rebecca A. Hill · 1 June, 2016 • With an aging population and a shortage of healthcare professionals, high mortality rates and re-admission likely will occur. If there was ever a time for assistive robots to step in, now would be the time.
Pittsburgh Steelers Practicing with Robots
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ReWalk, Wyss Institute Partner on Next-Gen Soft Exoskeletons
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