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Wearable Robots Hope to Improve Minimally Invasive Surgery

The new surgical robotics system includes an exoskeleton that fits over a surgeon's hands, smart glasses and haptic feedback on the surgeon's fingers.
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Wearable Robots Hope to Improve Minimally Invasive Surgery
By Steve Crowe · 15 March, 2017 • Researchers are developing wearable robotic tools for minimally invasive surgery designed to give surgeons more natural and dexterous movement than current surgical robots offer. This Horizon 2020 project stems from a need for better tools in robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery
Wearable AI Teaches Social Skills
By Steve Crowe · 1 February, 2017 • Using a Samsung Simband, MIT CSAIL has developed a wearable AI that analyzes audio and measures movement, heart rate, blood pressure and skin temperature to help detect the tone of a conversation and help people better understand social interactions.
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: 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.
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.
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.
Ekso Bionics GT Exoskeleton Starts Clinical Trial
By RT Staff · 23 August, 2016 • Ekso Bionics is sponsoring a US-based study that compares improvements in independent gait speeds of spinal cord injury (SCI) patients rehabbing with the Ekso GT to patients rehabbing with conventional therapy and to usual care control groups.
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.
ReWalk, Wyss Institute Partner on Next-Gen Soft Exoskeletons
By Steve Crowe · 17 May, 2016 • ReWalk Robotics has partnered with the Wyss Institute to expedite development of Wyss' lightweight, soft exosuit. Is this the beginning of the end for the bulky, rigid exoskeletons we've come to know and love?
Ekso GT Exoskeleton Cleared by FDA
By RT Staff · 8 April, 2016 • The Ekso GT is the first exoskeleton cleared by the FDA for use with stroke patients.
Bionic Fingertip Gives Amputee a Sense of Touch
By Steve Crowe · 10 March, 2016 • An amputee is able to feel rough or smooth textures in real-time using an artificial fingertip connected to nerves in his upper arm.
Parker Hannifin Indego Exoskeleton Receives FDA Clearance
By Steve Crowe · 10 March, 2016 • The Food and Drug Administration has given Parker Hannifin permission to market and sell its Indego exoskeleton for clinical and personal use in the United States. Parker Hannifin said it will commercially launch Indego in the US in the coming months.
Robot City Being Built in Japan
By Steve Crowe · 18 February, 2016 • Exoskeleton startup Cyberdyne is building Cybernic City, a development in Japan that will feature robot helpers that work in the medical, industrial and agricultural industries. Cyberdyne wants to make visible progress on Cybernic City by 2020.
ReWalk Exoskeleton Reluctantly Covered by Insurance Co.
By Steve Crowe · 16 February, 2016 • After an independent medical review organization overturned the initial denial of coverage, an insurance company in the Northwestern United States will reluctantly cover the $69,500 cost of a beneficiary's ReWalk Personal Exoskeleton.

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