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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 stitching together lightweight under-suits embedded with batteries, wires, computers and motors. They’re effectively making wearable robots, with an actuator along the calf that tugs up with every step, taking off some of the load for the human being. Or, as the team is fond of saying, it literally pulls you up by your…


Mini Robot Could Perform Life-Saving Surgery on Astronauts
04/03/14 — It could one day answer the prayers of astronauts who need surgery in deep space. The miniature surgeon slides into the body through an incision in the belly button. Once inside the abdominal cavity – which has been filled with inert gas to make room for it to work – the robot can remove an ailing appendix, cut pieces from a diseased colon or perforate a gastric ulcer. The fist-sized robot, a product of Virtual Incision in Lincoln, Nebraska, will have its first zero-gravity test – in an aircraft flying in parabolic arcs – in the next few months. While aloft,…



Robbie the Robot: Personal Assistant for Limbless Teenager
03/27/14 — Joanne O’Riordan, 18, was born without limbs. She is one of nine people currently living with Total Amelia, a condition that prevents arms and legs from developing. O’Riordan spoke at a United Nations-sponsored conference in April 2012 and challenged roboticists to create a personal assistant to help her pick up…

Exoskeleton Lets Paralyzed Veteran Walk Again
03/18/14 — Three years ago, a powerful bomb blast ripped the earth apart along a remote road in Afghanistan, leaving U.S. Army Sgt. Dan Rose paralyzed from the chest down. Since then, the Wisconsin man has plied Rocky Mountain poweer in especially adapted skis, completed his first marathon in a wheelchair and…

Amputee Drummer Gains Third Arm With Robotic Prosthesis
03/13/14 — Two years ago, drummer Jason Barnes was electrocuted and lost his right arm below the elbow. The tragedy could have ended his career, but, instead, it led Gil Weinberg, founder of the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology, to turn him into a three-armed power-drumming cyborg. Barnes, a student at the Atlanta Institute…

Whole-Arm Haptics Aid Neurorehabilitation Research
03/04/14 — Barrett's WAM technology was designed from the beginning as human-centric, to be a robot that would be safer to work alongside people. This forward thinking approach now has the WAM in high demand as researchers and innovative companies realize the many benefits from effective collaboration between robots and humans. One…

Robotic Arm, Video Games Help Stroke Patients Recover
02/27/14 — Robotic technology is reshaping therapy for stroke patients Saint Luke's Hospital on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Mo., with the new device called ArmeoSpring. It combines robotics and video games to help patients rebuild their brains.  Patients like Scott Norman of Johnson County, Kan., are having great success restoring movement…

Paralyzed Woman Walks with 3D Printed Exoskeleton
02/21/14 — A keen skier who was left paralysed from the waist down after an accident can now walk again, thanks to the world's first 3D printed hybrid robotic exoskeleton suit. Three-dimensional printer makers 3D systems have been working with robotic exoskeleton maker Ekso Bionics to make a custom suit for test…

Robot Vacuums Cut Danish Spending on Elderly Care
02/13/14 — Anja Vestergaard brings out the robot and I come foot-to-wheel with the contraption that is supposedly revolutionising Denmark's care for the elderly. It's a little disappointing. It's just one of those automated disc vacuum cleaners that scoots around the floor, with sensors to avoid walls and a system to prevent…

Using Robots to Diagnose Autism in Children
01/28/14 — ZAGREB -- Four-year-old Luka is enthusiastic about his new friend. "He can write. He can sit down. And he can drink water," he says.The two also like to dance together.But it is an unusual friendship. Luka is a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a developmental disability that inhibits social, behavioral,…

Wearable Robot Mimics Leg Muscles to Help Foot and Ankle Rehabilitation
01/22/14 — A soft, wearable device that mimics the muscles, tendons and ligaments of the lower leg could aid in the rehabilitation of patients with ankle-foot disorders. This is the claim of Yong-Lae Park, an assistant professor of robotics at Carnegie Mellon University. He worked with collaborators at Harvard University, the University…

Report: Healthcare Leads in Robotics Hiring
01/20/14 — New York, NY (PRWEB) January 22, 2014 WANTED Analytics™ (http://www.wantedanalytics.com), the leading source of real-time business intelligence for the talent marketplace, reports that there were 45,000 jobs for robotics skilled professionals advertised online during 2013. Healthcare jobs accounted for 35% of robotics hiring demand with 16,000 positions, passing demands for…

Smaller-Scale Farming Opens Big Opportunity for Agribots
01/15/14 — Will robot feet in near-future time walk upon England's mountains green? And will there be drones flying overhead from England's pleasant pastures seen? A new vision of robots patrolling the meadows and cornfields of the UK may seem dark and satanic to some, but according to farmers and the government it is…

Robotic Exoskeleton to Help Deliver First Kick of the 2014 World Cup
01/08/14 — The 2014 World Cup in Brazil will provide incredible displays of physical skill—but the most impressive performance won’t come from the likes of Rooney or Ronaldo. It will instead be delivered by a paralysed teenager, who, during the opening ceremony in June, will kick a ball using a robotic body…

Anybots’ Q(X) Rolls Into the Telepresence Market
12/18/13 — Last we heard from Anybots was back in February of last year, when they were offering a robotic receptionist service called AnyLobby. Since then, it's been fairly quiet over there, but apparently, this is why: they've been working on a new telepresence robot called Q(X), which made its first appearance at a party…

R-loud Rehabilitation Robot “Sees” Muscle Movement
12/11/13 — Associate Professor Toshiaki Tsuji's Laboratory at Saitama University has developed R-cloud, a rehabilitation support robot that enables users to view how their own muscles move during rehabilitation and training. "This rehabilitation support robot is used for strengthening the arms. Its moving parts use pneumatic muscles, and it provides support with…

Connecting Mind and Machine: The Next Step for Healthcare Robotics
12/04/13 — Bionic legs that use sensors and a control system to allow amputees to seamlessly traverse almost any terrain; robotic arms with a sophisticated brain-computer interface (BMI) allow paralyzed patients to closely match the speed and coordination of a typical human limb; even a computerized bladder that could eventually alert patients…

Adventure Keeps Rolling with UNiMO Electric Wheelchair
11/20/13 — Japanese company Nano Optonics Energy displayed its caterpillar-tracked UNiMO (UNIque MObility) micro EV drive train at the International Robotics Exhibition in Tokyo last week, promising new levels of personal mobility for wheelchair users. There are two models of the UNiMO: the US$18,000 Unimo Grace which is now available for purchase and the…

iRex 2013: Old Age with Robots Might Actually Be Fun
11/13/13 — TOKYO -- We can all look forward to growing old with buckets of bolts that will watch over us, assist us, and maybe even entertain us. That's the message at the International Robot Exhibition (iRex), a trade show here highlighting elderly care along with the latest developments in factory automation.…

Breast Cancer Prevention the New Frontier for ISS Robotics
11/06/13 — Instead of zipping past traffic jams, International Space Station-derived robotic capabilities are giving us a fast pass to life-saving surgical techniques with cancer-fighting finesse. According to the National Cancer Institute, an estimated 232,340 women and 2,240 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer by the end of 2013 alone. From that, about…




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