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i-limb Ultra Revolution Hands Help Sepsis Survivor Resume Normal Life
10/28/14 — Pam Buschle's new hands have four fingers and a thumb and look like the real thing, except for the electronics seen below the transparent covering. More importantly, the myoelectric hands she practiced using Monday, Oct. 27, function more like the real thing than the claw-shaped prosthesis she has been using. "This feels more natural," Buschle said. She opened closed the fingers of her left hand with a soft whirring sound during a demonstration at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.The sophisticated devices, which cost $100,000 apiece, are i-limb ultra revolution hands and are the latest prosthetic created by Touch Bionics. They…


Exoskeleton Enables Paralyzed Groom to Walk Down Aisle
10/23/14 — A paralyzed man was able to stand tall and proud at his wedding thanks to a battery-powered robotic exoskeleton. Brave Matt Ficarra donned the Ekso as he married Jordan Basile on Saturday at a venue in Syracuse, New York. The emotional ceremony saw Ficarra, who was paralyzed from the chest down in a boat accident three years ago, walking with his wife down the aisle. "It feels great to be married," he told The Syracuse Post-Standard. "And I am so happy to have met my goal of walking at my wedding." The Ekso suit allows users with any level of…



Ebola-Killing Robot ‘Little Moe’ Destroys Virus in Minutes
10/09/14 — Like a real life "Dalek," Dr. Who's robotic nemesis in the British science fiction show, a Texas company's robot is ready to "exterminate." Only this robot, "Little Moe," is trying to exterminate viruses, including perhaps the Ebola virus. "Little Moe" is manufactured by a Texas company called Xenex. The company…

3-Year-Old Receives 3D Printed, ‘Iron Man’ Hand for Free
10/02/14 — Three-year-old Rayden Kahae is a happy and loving child, but the boy called "Bubba" has always been different from the rest of the children in his neighborhood.Bubba was born with ABS, also known as Amniotic Band Syndrome, which is where the baby's hands end up without some fingers, some with…

Startup Develops Robots That Learn Through Repetition, Not Programming
09/25/14 — Eugene Izhikevich thinks you shouldn't have to write code in order to teach robots new tricks. "It should be more like training a dog," he says.  "Instead of programming, you show it consistent examples of desired behavior."Izhikevich's startup, Brain Corporation, based in San Diego, has developed an operating system for…

iRobot Roomba Robot Vacuum Cleaner Now Customizable
09/18/14 — Imagine a Boston Bruins-themed Roomba vacuum cleaning robot - an autonomous black-and-gold rug Zamboni, if you will, one that puts a hurting on dirt and devours dust-bunnies for lunch.As fanciful as that notion seems, it now may be possible, thanks to a new initiative from iRobot Corp., the Bedford-based company…

Makr Shakr Robot Bartender to Serve Drinks on Cruise
09/11/14 — There's a new bartender set to sail on Royal Caribbean's next-generation cruise ship - a robotic bartender, to be precise. The Makr Shakr, created by designers at MIT Senseable City Lab, may not indulge stories of your latest break-up or offer philosophical advice as it slides your Moscow Mule across…

New UK Hospital Enlists AGVs to Deliver Meals to Patients
09/04/14 — Southmead Hospital, a new £430million hospital in England, has deployed a fleet of 12 automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) to deliver meals to its 950 patients. The droids, which start work at 10.15 every morning, are capable of opening doors, operating lifts and picking up food without any human assistance. They…

Robot Printer Comes to You to Print Documents
08/28/14 — Fuji Xerox Co Ltd tested a printer that not only prints documents on paper but autonomously moves around a room like the Roomba robot cleaner for delivering it. Fuji Xerox used a prototype of the robot in a building located in Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, in July and August 2014 in…

J Group Robotics Creating 3D Printed Medical Pills
08/21/14 — 3D Printing has been making its way into medicine, in more ways than one. We have seen it come to the aid of surgeons who use the technology to print out replicas of organs, bones, and other body tissue, prior to performing live surgery. These replicas allow the surgeons to…

SaviOne Robot Butler Working at California Hotel
08/14/14 — When Sunnyvale, Calif.-based robotics startup Savioke announced a $2 million seed round of funding in April 2014, the company said it would use the money to develop and build its first autonomous robot for the services industry. However, no further details about the robot were shared. Until now, as The…

Exoskeletons Give Shipbuilders Extra Lift
08/06/14 — At a sprawling shipyard in South Korea, workers dressed in wearable robotics were hefting large hunks of metal, pipes and other objects as if they were nothing. It was all part of a test last year by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, at their facility in Okpo-dong. The company, one…

Robot Learns How to Walk with Broken Leg
07/31/14 — Engineers have taken a step towards having machines that can operate when damaged by developing a robot that can teach itself to walk, even with a broken leg. Using "intelligent trial and error," their six-legged robot learned how to walk again in less than 2 minutes. "This new technique will…

Woman Makes Quadcopter/Drone Out of Chocolate—and It Flies!
07/24/14 — So, you are in a happy relationship with your dream man/woman. You are the nerdy type, always building stuff, tinkering with electronics and so on, and your partner loves cooking and baking. How do you find something to do together that will satisfy both hobbies?..Easy! Build a quadcopter out of…

Drones Can Automatically Set up Photography Lighting
07/17/14 — It's been demonstrated in recent years – and in a particularly dramatic way this past Independence Day – that drones can carry cameras and take amazing pictures. But now drones can also set up lighting for photography. Lighting is crucial when taking pictures, particularly portraits, but these lights take lots…

Students Spend Summer Perfecting Robotic Arm to Help Patients
07/10/14 — The summertime heat and humidity for which Texas is infamous (this reporter personally managed just one year of it) can’t stop the budding roboticists at Rice University and the University of Houston. Both schools have startup accelerators, and for the first time they —Houston’s RedLabs and Rice’s OwlSpark —are working together…

FDA Approves ReWalk Robotics’ Exoskeleton
07/02/14 — The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved ReWalk Robotics' personal exoskeleton for marketing in the U.S for those whose lower body is paralyzed from a spinal cord injury The $69,500 motorized, robotic device is worn over the legs and part of the upper body that helps an…

Robot Valet Parking Cars at German Airport
06/24/14 — Running late for a flight and don't have time to park your car? If you're flying out of Dusseldorf airport in Germany, you're in luck. A robot valet named Ray has started parking cars at the airport and can be booked with a smartphone. The best part? Ray doesn't even…

Tiny, 3-Armed Robot Could Perform Surgery on Babies in Womb
06/18/14 — Researchers in Europe are developing a tiny surgical robot hand that can take 3D images of and treat unborn babies with spina bifida and other congenital conditions, according to the International Business Times. The scientists envision that it could also carry out surgery or deliver stem cells to an unborn infant’s…

Paraplegic in Exoskeleton to Kick Off World Cup [Updated with Video]
06/12/14 — The 2014 World Cup in Brazil kicks off today, providing incredible displays of physical skill. However, the most impressive performance won’t come from the likes of Rooney or Ronaldo. During the opening ceremony in Sao Paolo today, a paralyzed teenager (who remains anonymous) will rise from a wheelchair, take several…




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