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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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Japan to Create More User-Friendly Elderly Care Robots
By RT Staff · 20 November, 2015 • The Japanese government said companies that have created elderly care robots did not sufficiently incorporate the opinions of relevant people, some of their products were too large or too expensive and consequently not used.
How 3D Printed Stem Cells Could Reduce Animal Testing
By RT Staff · 23 October, 2015 • Researchers at Heriot-Watt University have developed a method to 3D print stem cells to test pharmaceutical drugs, tailor treatments for people, and reduce the dependence on live animal testing.
AI Cutting Development of Cancer Drug in Half
By RT Staff · 9 October, 2015 • Berg Health has developed an AI that will allow it to be more "predictive and effective" during the development of its cancer-fighting drug BPM31510 and cut the time to market from 14 years to seven.
New System Makes 3D-Printed Heart in Hours
By MIT News · 18 September, 2015 • A new system from MIT and Boston Children’s Hospital researchers converts MRI scans into 3D-printed heart models. The models could provide a more intuitive way for surgeons to assess and prepare for the anatomical idiosyncrasies of individual patients.
Robotically-Steered Needles May Improve Diagnostic Procedures
By RT Staff · 27 August, 2015 • The University of Twente has developed a robot-assisted system for steering flexible needles that can reach their target in tissue with sub-millimeter level accuracy.
Surgical Robot Performs Historic Kidney Transplant
By RT Staff · 21 August, 2015 • A sister-to-sister kidney transplant in France is the first to combine robotics, vaginal access and the donated organ's implantation immediately after its removal.
Watch: Robotic Arm Helps Stroke Patient Recover
By RT Staff · 7 August, 2015 • The Hocoma ArmeoSpring robotic arm helps patients regain their motor function after a stroke or any neurological injury, helping with tasks like lifting and placing items in a basket. Here's one patient's story.
Exoskeleton Helps Paraplegic Defy All Odds
By RT Staff · 28 July, 2015 • Robbie Drescher became a paraplegic at 14 when he was diagnosed with a rare disease called Blue Rubber Bleb Nevus Syndrome. He was told he'd never walk again, but he's defying the odds thanks to an exoskeleton from ReWalk Robotics.
ReWalk Robotics Exoskeleton Helps NH Man Walk Again
By RT Staff · 24 July, 2015 • Corey Cook was left paralyzed from the chest down after a diving accident three years ago. Now, with the help of a ReWalk Robotics exoskeleton, Cook can walk again. Cook also is the first patient to have the $70,000 exoskeleton completely covered by private, commercial insurance.
How the Argus II Bionic Eye Restored a Man’s Vision
By RT Staff · 22 July, 2015 • The Argus II bionic eye partially corrected the central vision in an 80-year-old British man who suffers from age-related macular degeneration. Doctors say this could mark the beginning of a new era for patients with sight loss.
On the Road Again: hitchBOT Hitchhikes Across America
By Jeff Tobor · 9 July, 2015 • “There’s this issue of trust in popular media where we see a lot of dystopian visions of a future with robots that have gone rogue or out of control. In this case, we’ve designed something that actually needs human empathy to accomplish its goals.”
Origami Robot Self-folds, Walks, Completes Tasks
By Larry Hardesty | MIT News Office · 12 June, 2015 • MIT's Untethered Miniature Origami Robot could have a variety of medical uses when introduced inside of a human body, potentially zapping cancer cells or unclogging arteries.
Rani Robotic Pill Could Replace Injected Medicines
By Steve Crowe · 27 May, 2015 • The Rani robotic pill is swallowed like a normal pill and contains tiny needles made of sugar that push into the walls of your intestines and inject medication.
How Robots, Octopuses Might Revolutionize Surgery
By Steve Crowe · 14 May, 2015 • Researchers have designed a robotic arm that enables surgeons to access confined regions of the human body and carefully manipulate soft organs.
Paralyzed Man to Walk Marathon with Exoskeleton
By Steve Crowe · 29 April, 2015 • Nathan Kirwan, paralyzed from the chest down, is taking 55,000 steps over the next five months, with the help of an exoskeleton, to raise money and help Ireland keep its only publicly-available exoskeleton.

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