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Watch: Soft Robots Mimic Human Muscles
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.
Health & Sports · Wearable Robots
Sports Robots Coming to Practice Fields Near You
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.
Health & Sports · Sports & Fitness
Self-Driving Bicycle Hopes to Change Public Transit
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."
Health & Sports · Sports & Fitness · Future Tech · Driverless Transportation
AI Helps Sports Fans Find Shortest Concession Lines
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.
Health & Sports · Sports & Fitness · Future Tech
Machine Learning Could Help Screen Kids for Speech Disorders
A new computer system developed by MIT can automatically screen young children for speech and language disorders and, potentially, even provide specific diagnoses.
Health & Sports · Medical Robots
Exoskeleton Helps Paralyzed, Pregnant Woman Complete Half Marathon
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.
Health & Sports · Wearable Robots
Telepresence Robots Help Sick Students Maintain Social, Academic Ties
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.
Education · Mobile Robots · Health & Sports
ReWalk Sells 100th Personal Exoskeleton
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.
Health & Sports · Wearable Robots
Football Robots Start Practicing with 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers are using three Mobile Virtual Player (MVP) robots in practice for both offensive and defensive drills to cut down on player injuries.
Health & Sports · Sports & Fitness
Ekso Bionics GT Exoskeleton Starts Clinical Trial
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.
Health & Sports · Wearable Robots
Robots Now Beating Humans at Foosball
A robot developed by EPFL students was able to compete against human players with average skills in table football. The next step will be to program the robot with some real strategy.
Health & Sports · Sports & Fitness
Podcast: Inside WPI’s AIM Robotics Lab
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.
Health & Sports · Medical Robots
Obi Dining Robot Helps Disabled People Feed Themselves
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.
Household · Health & Sports
MIT Robot Schedules Tasks on Labor Floor
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.
Health & Sports
Podcast: Living with Personal Health Robots
Emanuele Musini, CEO of Pillo Health, joins The Robotics Trends Show to discuss his Pillo health companion robot and some of the challenges and liabilities involved.
Household · Personal Robots · Family Robot · Health & Sports

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