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Hugvie: Robotic Pillow Lets You Make Calls, Hug the Person on the Other End
04/30/12 — Tokyo—Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro, Director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory in Japan, is known for his life-like androids. His latest creation may not resemble a realistic human, but these body-shaped pillows are equipped with two vibrators that mimic heartbeats. The Hugvie robot connects to your mobile phone and responds the caller’s…

Telepresence Robot Controlled by Paralyzed Man
04/27/12 — TMCnet—It's been the stuff of science fiction for years, specifically, the ability to download one's consciousness from a physical body and implant it into a much more durable—and in some cases much more mobile—body. While we've largely been unable to do anything like that outside of science fiction, the tide…

Service Robot to Aid Japanese Elderly
04/26/12 — TMCnet—GeckoSystems has recently been working on the release of their new CareBot personal assistance robot, which helps elderly in Japan with most of their daily tasks. Japan recently hit 47,756 in their population of elderly citizens 100 or older. According to GeckoSystems, their CareBot is set to bring safety and…

Robot Surgery Eases Procedure on Thymus Gland
04/24/12 — Times of India—Haya Fatima (20), an engineering student from Lucknow, suffered from a rare neuro-muscular disease called myasthenia gravis that used to make it difficult for her even to smile; her eyes would also droop involuntarily. The condition is generally treated with an open surgery but it leaves a big…

First Alaska and then Jupiter’s Europa
04/23/12 — PHYS.ORG—Robots are being developed all the time to do what we wish and to go where we can’t. This week, inventor Bill Stone told attendees at NASA’s Astrobiology Science Conference in Atlanta that he intends to get an autonomous robot ready to visit the icebound sea of Jupiter’s moon Europa,…

LineStream Technologies Closes Series B Funding, Led by U.S. Venture Partners
03/20/12 —   LineStream Technologies Inc., an innovator of software-based control solutions, announced that it is has closed a Series B funding round led by U.S. Venture Partners (USVP), joining Series A investor Early Stage Partners. Winston Fu, general partner, and David Liddle, venture partner, of USVP have joined the company’s board…

Company Debuts Commercial Grade Remote Control Lawn Mowers for Slope Mowing
03/16/12 —   Summit Lawn Mower Company has introduced remote control lawn mowers designed to increase productivity and safety on steep hills. The heavy duty track drive design combined with a low center of gravity allows these mowers to navigate on slopes too steep for conventional power equipment. If you have ever…

Majority Stake in Aldebaran Robotics Sold to Softbank
03/14/12 —   The Financial Times is reporting that a majority stake in Aldebaran Robotics, the French maker of the popular NAO humanoid robot, has been sold to the Japanese telecom firm, Softbank for about $100m.  According to the Times article, Softbank purchased over an “80 per cent stake in the business,…

Microelectronics Sensors Enable Breakthrough Indoor Navigation Accuracy
02/27/12 —   STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and the leading supplier of MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) for consumer and portable applications[1], will demonstrate what the company says is the world’s most accurate indoor positioning of a mobile phone at the World Mobile…

ProPep Surgical Issued United States Patent for its Nerve Monitoring System
02/27/12 —   ProPep Surgical, LLC a privately-held, Austin-based medical device company, announced today the United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted the company a patent for a System and Method for Laparoscopic Nerve Detection (8,083,685). This is the first in a series a patents the company has filed or will…

Computer Scientist Developing Intersections of the Future to Serve Fully Autonomous Vehicles
02/22/12 —   Intersections of the future will not need stop lights or stop signs, but will look like a somewhat chaotic flow of driverless, autonomous cars slipping past one another as they are managed by a virtual traffic controller, says computer scientist Peter Stone. “A future where sitting in the backseat of…

Scientists Test MRI Controllable Pill
02/07/12 —   Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) in Boston have successfully tested a controllable endoscopic capsule, inspired by science fiction, that has the ability to "swim" through the body and could provide clinicians with unprecedented control when photographing the inside of the human body. The capsule is designed to…

New Automated Solution for DNA Sample Enrichment Debuts
01/30/12 —   Hamilton Robotics announced a new automated solution for DNA sample enrichment on the MICROLAB STARlet Liquid Handling Workstation. Integrating Roche's REM e liquid handling system, the workflow solution enriches up to eight DNA samples for subsequent sequencing on the GS FLX System. The Hamilton solution for REM e integration replaces…

New Scoring System Can Tell Surgeons How They Perform on da Vinci Robots
01/23/12 —   A new assessment system has been developed by a team of researchers to more reliably predict whether surgeons are ready to operate on patients using the da Vinci robotic surgical system. The new technology, called MScore, provides more precise analysis of actual surgical performance, which has been shown to…

Open-Source Robotic Surgery Platform Going to Top Medical Research Labs
01/13/12 —   Robotics experts at UC Santa Cruz and the University of Washington (UW) have completed a set of seven advanced robotic surgery systems for use by major medical research laboratories throughout the United States. After a round of final tests, five of the systems will be shipped to medical robotics…

Contest to Develop Medical Tricorder Officially Begins
01/11/12 —   The X PRIZE Foundation and Qualcomm Foundation announced the launch of the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder X PRIZE, a global competition to revolutionize healthcare. In this competition, teams will leverage technology innovation in areas such as artificial intelligence and wireless sensing – much like the medical Tricorder of Star…

ioBridge’s ThingSpeak ‘Internet of Things’ Platform Used to Create a Social Network for Robots
01/09/12 —   Marlborough, Mass., ioBridge, Inc. announced that the recently launched MyRobots was enabled by one of its products, ThingSpeak. MyRobots, developed by Montreal-based RobotShop, is a cloud robotics platform that allows operators and robots to readily interact, serving as the "Facebook for robots.” With ThingSpeak, ioBridge has provided an entire open-source…

Infographic Explains Robotic App Market
12/22/11 —   The RobotsAppStore has developed an infographic covering the market for robot applications. The infographic shows a number of apps already available at RobotsAppStore, which consumers will soon be able to purchase,” according to Elad Inbar, RobotsAppStore.com founder and CEO. “Robot-Apps, like feeding the family pet, folding your laundry and…




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