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Woman with Quadriplegia Lifts Objects Using Mind Controlled Robotic Arm
12/17/14 — Jan Scheuermann has been paralyzed from the neck down for years -- but thanks to a cutting-edge robotic arm, she can move and lift things with impressive dexterity. In a new study published Tuesday in the Journal of Neural Engineering, University of Pittsburgh scientists describe their success in giving Scheuermann unprecedented control over a robotic arm. Scheuermann has tiny sensors embedded in the part of her brain that controls movement (surgically implanted when she first volunteered in 2012). These sensors read the electrical pulses from her brain cells. Then a computer can translate these electrical signals into the commands they represent -- an instruction…


Inoperable Cancer Tumors Now Treatable with Robot Help at UCLA
12/11/14 — In a groundbreaking new study, UCLA researchers have for the first time advanced a surgical technique performed with the help of a robot to successfully access a previously-unreachable area of the head and neck. [ Watch the Video: UCLA Advances Robotic Surgery Technique to Treat Cancer Tumors ] This pioneering method can now be used safely and efficiently in patients to remove tumors that many times were previously thought to be inoperable, or necessitated the use of highly-invasive surgical techniques in combination with chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Developed by Dr. Abie Mendelsohn, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center member and director of head and neck robotic surgery at UCLA,…



Engineering Students Develop a “Hug” Chair for Autistic Children
12/04/14 — Grand Valley State University’s engineering and computer programming students will talk with area high school students about the programs and show off their semester projects during the school’s project day this week. More than 150 students from nearly a dozen West Michigan high schools will visit GVSU’s Kennedy Hall of…

Thought-Controlled Prosthetics Attract Attention from FDA
11/26/14 — For the first time since accidents severed the neural connection between their brains and limbs, a small number of patients are reaching out and feeling the world with prosthetic devices wired directly to their brains. Earlier this month, scientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena implanted a…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…




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