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Hansen Medical Completes First Robotic Prostatic Artery Embolization Procedure in US
11/20/14 — Hansen Medical, Inc., a global leader in intravascular robotics, today announced the completion of the first robotic prostatic artery embolization (PAE) in the United States. Dr. Sandeep Bagla, interventional radiologist, performed the procedure at Inova Alexandria Hospital in Alexandria, Virginia using the Magellan™ Robotic System. “This is a major step forward in delivering a less invasive procedure for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH,” said Dr. Bagla. “The Magellan Robotic System has the potential to allow interventional radiologists achieve excellent catheter precision and control in this developing therapy. PAE is a growing and attractive non-surgical option for BPH,…


Robots Proving Advantageous in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
11/20/14 — Automation, including automated inspection and packaging, is becoming an increasingly important part of pharmaceutical manufacturing. The many benefits of automation include efficiency, saving workers from hazardous environments or repetitive tasks, reducing training overhead, eliminating human error, increasing repeatability and reproducibility, and in cleanrooms, removing the potential for human contamination. A robotic system is a type of automation that has multiple axes of motion and can be programmed to perform a function. Robot types include articulated, cartesian (i.e., gantry), parallel (i.e., delta), and selective compliance assembly robot arm (SCARA). Common applications include “pick and place” operations that often use SCARA robots.…



KUKA Robotics Debuts the KORE Program
11/20/14 — The KORE program presents high schools, vocational schools, community colleges and universities the opportunity to offer Certificate based robot education on official KUKA products. Students will learn basic robot programming and operation skills on exercise hardware that is similar to the onsite classes taught in Shelby Township, MI at the…

Meet iCub: the Cute Italian Humanoid that is Stealing Hearts
11/20/14 — STMicroelectronics, at this week’s Embedded Technology 2014 show, trotted out the latest thing in robotics: an Italian humanoid called iCub, loaded with STs, sensors, and microcontrollers. Japan’s love affair with robots is well-known. So, predictably, Japanese attendees here are gushing over this little Italian -- about as big as a…

Harvard’s Microrobotics Lab Developing “RoboBees”
11/20/14 — The “Terminator” movies gave us a glimpse of a robot future, and it was pretty scary. The real robots of the future, however, look nothing like Arnold Schwarzenegger. They look like bugs and belt buckles and boats. In fact, some of them are boats. But they do have one thing in common with…

Microsoft Tests Robot Security Guards at Silicon Valley Campus
11/19/14 — When presented with the idea of a robot security guard, most of the sci-fi literate among us immediately conjure up images of the deadly and ridiculous ED-209 prototype from Robocop. As such, there is understandably a slight undercurrent of trepidation regarding any such announcement, regardless of how innocuous the machine in…

Boston Dynamics’ Atlas Robot Masters Karate Kid Crane Stance
11/13/14 — Atlas is back. While the robot itself may be from Google-owned Boston Dynamics, the balance algorithm is from IHMC (Institute for Human and Machine Cognition) who’s worked with the robotics company to get the six foot two biped walking better. IHMC has a strong track record in DARPA’s Robotics Challenge, coming first in…

Cutting-Edge Robotic Rehab Equipment Unveiled at Cardinal Hill
11/13/14 — Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital in Lexington is now the second rehab facility in the country to offer the G-EO technology. The cutting-edge technology is helping patients such as three-year-old Dalton Baker to try to start walking again without crutches. Dalton was in a car crash and suffered a spinal cord…

Robotic Weapons Pick Own Targets, Raise Concern
11/13/14 — On a bright fall day last year off the coast of Southern California, an Air Force B-1 bomber launched an experimental missile that may herald the future of warfare. Initially, pilots aboard the plane directed the missile, but halfway to its destination, it severed communication with its operators. Alone, without…

Tokyo University of Science Ships its First Robotic Muscle Suit
11/13/14 — After years of testing, the Tokyo University of Science has announced that it’s shipping a robotic muscle suit. The device, designed with people who regularly lift heavy objects in mind, purports to make it possible for everyday people to easily lift far more weight than they normally would. Known simply as the Muscle Suit, the…

Google Signs $1.2 Billion Lease of NASA’s Moffett Field for 60 Years
11/13/14 — Google has agreed to a $1.2 billion lease of NASA’s Moffett Field airfield in California for 60 years, as the company invests in new technologies such as robotics and aviation. As part of the deal, Google subsidiary Planetary Ventures will invest more than $200 million in improvements at the site, which…

Fuzzy Baby Robots Used to Research Shy Emperor Penguins
11/13/14 — Most animals are skittish around people which makes observing them in the wild, a challenging endeavor for researchers. The issue is exacerbated with naturally shy creatures like emperor penguins, who show signs of physical distress in the presence of humans. While scientists try their best to observe the birds from a distance, they sometimes have to get close…

New Records Set in North American Robotics Market
11/06/14 — Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in the first nine months of 2014, according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry’s trade group.   A total of 21,235 robots valued at $1.2 billion were ordered from North American companies in the first nine months of 2014, an increase of…

Swarms of Militarized Robots to Hit Battlefields, Could Spark Modern Day Arms Race
11/06/14 — Swarms of highly intelligent militarized robots are predicted to hit the battlefield in the near future and could spark a modern day arms race, according to a report released Monday by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Teams of interconnected robots will change the way America and other…

NASA Team Developing Next-Gen 3D-Scanning Lidar
11/06/14 — Building, fixing, and refueling space-based assets or rendezvousing with a comet or asteroid will require a robotic vehicle and a super-precise, high-resolution 3-D imaging lidar that will generate real-time images needed to guide the vehicle to a target traveling at thousands of miles per hour. A team of technologists at…

Robotic Bartenders and Entertainers Set Sail on Quantum of the Seas
11/06/14 — Not content with working as sales assistants and burger flippers, robots are landing jobs on cruise ships as bartenders and entertainers. Leading the way is Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas, currently on its maiden voyage from Southampton to Bayonne, New Jersey. With its RFID passenger bracelets, virtual concierge, and “virtual balcony” staterooms where…

New Drone Testing Lab to be Built at Imperial College London
11/06/14 — A new £1.25m drone testing lab is being built in South Kensington as part of Imperial College London’s investment into next-generation robotics. Construction of the Brahmal Vasudevan aerial robotics lab starts in 2016 and will see a two-story lab and workshop built on the roof of Imperial College’s City and…

Tiny Robotic Swimmers Could Travel Through Bloodstream to Deliver Drugs
11/06/14 — Researchers at the Max Planck Institute in Germany have developed a tiny robot small enough to travel through the bloodstream—and it doesn’t require an engine or batteries. In their paper published in Nature Communications, the researchers describe their new robot and how it might one day be used to treat a…

Halloween Contest Winners: Robot-Style!
10/30/14 — In the spirit of Halloween, Robotics Trends held a virtual costume contest for all the robots and robot lovers who were feeling festive! Choosing only our three favorites was a tough undertaking, as every submission was fangtastic!  And the winners are... 1st Place: Empire Robotics' VERSABALL - cute as a…

Robotics Scientists Ponder Possibility of Repurposing Robots for Ebola
10/30/14 — Robotics scientists nationwide are pondering an intriguing possibility: Might robotic technologies deployed in rescue and disaster situations be quickly repurposed to help contain the Ebola epidemic? A robot that could perform even some of the tasks of a human, such as waste removal or the burial of bodies, would have…




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