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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 practice prior to performing a risky surgery on their living subjects. We have also seen 3D bioprinting begin to inch its way into use, with the printing of live cells, which one day may evolve into the 3D printing of fully functioning organs. 3D printing has also been used 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 New York Times first reported. Savioke, a spinoff from Willow Garage led by Steve Cousins, will on Aug. 20 start testing its ROS-powered SaviOne autonomous service robot at the Aloft Cupertino hotel in California, across the street from Apple's corporate campus. The robot, nicknamed the A.L.O. robotic butler (Botlr) by…



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…

MIT Develops Wearable Robotic Arms
06/03/14 — How many times have you said, "Man, I could really use an extra pair of hands." Now you're in luck. Researchers at the d'Arbeloff Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have created lightweight, wearable robotic arms. The Supernumerary Robotic Limbs (SRLs) aren't designed to replace biological limbs, but…

Space Robot Performs Surgery on Itself
05/30/14 — For the first time in history, a robot out in space has used its own mechanical dexterity to fix itself without any assistance from astronauts on the scene. The Canadian built Canadarm2 robotic arm used its own mechanical hand called Dextre to perform a series of operations to replace two…

Robohand Designing 3D-Printed Roboleg Prosthetic
05/22/14 — Richard Van As and Ivan Owen, co-founders of Pretoria, South Africa-based Robohand, are using robotics to help amputees obtain affordable prosthetics. Van As was inspired to create robotic prothestics after a woodworking accident in 2011 where he lost all his fingers on his right hand.Their latest creation, Roboleg, is an…

‘Luke Skywalker’ Robotic Arm Wins FDA Approval
05/15/14 — The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new "Luke Skywalker" robotic arm, or DEKA Arm System, that is controlled by electromyogram (EMG) sensors activated by the wearer. The black and silver prosthetic, which is manufactured by DEKA Integrated Solutions in Manchester, New Hampshire, was inspired by Luke…

Sporobot to Automate Production of Malaria Vaccine
05/07/14 — Sanaria, a Maryland-based biotechnology firm, recently developed the PfSPZ Vaccine that was 100 percent effective against malaria in clinical trials. Malaria causes illness in over 200 million people worldwide and 600,000 deaths each year. Before the PfSPZ Vaccine, there was no vaccine that fully protected against the malaria parasite. The…

Startup Avidbots Targets Robotic Cleaning of Commercial Areas
05/01/14 — Vacuuming is one of the few markets where robots have proven that they can be consistently commercially successful. There's a good reason for this: vacuuming is a repetitive, time-intensive task that has to be performed over and over again in environments that are relatively constrained. Despite the success of several…

Obama: Japanese Robots ‘Were a Little Scary’
04/24/14 — President Obama played soccer Thursday with a Japanese robot -- and came away a bit scared. Obama's visit to the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, or Mirikan, aimed to highlight both Japan's technological  prowess and the renewal of a 10-year scientific collaboration agreement between the two countries. While the…

Panasonic Robot Bed/Wheelchair Earns Global Safety Certification
04/16/14 — There's a lot of talk about Japan's rapidly aging society, and how it is expected to literally place a heavy burden on the island nation's caregivers. Among the many projected problems is a smaller pool of health care workers amidst a growing tide of elderly who require around-the-clock care. With…

SRI Wearable Robots Make Soldiers Better, Stronger, Faster
04/10/14 — In the heart of Silicon Valley, lining the wall in one of the world’s most advanced robotics labs, is a row of sewing machines. It’s a different tool for a different type of robot. A team of researchers at SRI International, which gave the world the mouse, surgical robots and Siri, is…




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