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Aldebaran Robotics Debuts New NAO
12/09/11 —   Aldebaran Robotics, a leader in humanoid robotics, has released its latest version of the NAO robot - NAO Next Gen. "With NAO Next Gen coming of age, we shall be able to make it serve organizations that care for autistic children and those losing their autonomy. I created Aldebaran Robotics in 2005…

Covidien Endo Stitch Automated Suturing Device Reduces Hospitalization Costs and Operating Room Time
12/06/11 —   Covidien, a leading global provider of healthcare products, today announced study data demonstrating that use of its Endo Stitch automated suturing device lowers mean hospital costs and operating room (OR) time during total laparoscopic hysterectomies treating benign conditions. Using the Endo Stitch device in such procedures was associated with…

Ultrathin Flexible Brain Implant Allows Study of Seizures
11/14/11 —   Researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have developed a flexible brain implant that could one day be used to treat epileptic seizures. In animal studies, the researchers used the device – a type of electrode array that conforms to the brain's surface – to take an unprecedented…

Toyota Debuts New Nursing and Healthcare Robots
11/09/11 —   Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) recently held an event at its vehicle display space and theme park Mega Web to display a number of new robots developed to provide support in nursing and healthcare. The robots form part of the Toyota Partner Robot series, which is being developed to assist…

NASA, Japan Release Hi-Res Topographic Map of Earth
10/17/11 —   NASA and Japan released a significantly improved version of the most complete digital topographic map of Earth on Monday, produced with detailed measurements from NASA's Terra spacecraft.  The map, known as a global digital elevation model, was created from images collected by the Japanese Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and…

Can MRI Be Used to Control a Medical Robot?
10/07/11 —   Engineers at Children’s Hospital Boston have demonstrated the ability to program the magnetic field generated by a clinical MRI scanner to motorize and control a robotic instrument – in this case, a surgical biopsy needle. They presented their work at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems 2011…

Panasonic Unveils Assistance Robots
09/26/11 —   Panasonic Corporation today announced the development of an innovative communication assistance robot named "HOSPI-Rimo" and new models of its Hair-Washing Robot and RoboticBed. These robots are designed to support people who need assistance to lead safe, comfortable, and pleasant lives. The new Hair-Washing Robot can complete the entire process…

First RoboBowl Competition to Take Place at Carnegie Mellon
09/14/11 —   The Robotics Technology Consortium, Carnegie Mellon University, and the Innovation Accelerator have announced that the first RoboBowl competition will take place during the “Innovation Accelerator @ Carnegie Mellon” event at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa., on October 13, 2011. The competition is the first of what is expected…

Mind-Controlled Bionic Limbs Holding Promise, and the Demand is Growing
09/06/11 —   Bionic limbs are now giving patients the ability to regain use of amputated limbs via prosthetics, powered by the brain itself, IEEE notes in a prepared statement. Today, bionic limbs are greatly improving the quality of life for amputees through mobility assistance, which provides assistive technologies that imitate extensions…

RoboBusiness Leadership Summit Will Present Top Industry Thought Leaders
08/17/11 — The RoboBusiness Leadership Summit, now in its 7th year, proudly announces its distinguished line up of keynote presenters, bringing nearly 100 years of practical robotics experience to the event. These well-known robotics leaders are eager to reveal wisdom and insights that can readily be applied to today’s commercial advancement of robotics products, services,…

Live Robotic Prostate Surgery Performed for Nation’s Youth
08/08/11 —   Dr. David Samadi, vice chairman, Department of Urology, and chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, welcomed 130 academically outstanding high school students to witness a live robotic prostatectomy procedure. National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine (NYLF/MED) invited Dr. Samadi to be part of their ten-day residential program…

iRobot and InTouch Health Announce Agreement
07/26/11 —   iRobot Corp. and InTouch Health, a leading remote presence telemedicine solution provider, announced the signing of a joint development and licensing agreement to explore potential opportunities for healthcare applications on iRobot platforms such as the iRobot Ava mobile robotics platform. InTouch Health and its founder Yulun Wang have been…

Intuitive Surgical Announces Q2 Earnings
07/19/11 —   Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (Nasdaq:ISRG), reported second quarter of 2011 revenue of $426 million, up 21% compared with $351 million for the second quarter of 2010. Second quarter of 2011 revenue growth was driven by continued robotic procedure adoption and higher da Vinci Surgical System sales. Second quarter of 2011…

New Hospital Simulation Lab Includes Six Robotic ‘Patients’
07/06/11 — Kaiser Permanente Ohio has launched an innovative Patient Simulation Lab where clinicians can train with life-size robot mannequins that mimic real human health responses. These new tools will drive critical learning needed to discover high value practices that help save lives. Simulation training gives Kaiser Permanente Ohio clinicians an opportunity…

X Prize Offered for Star Trek-like Medical Tricorder
05/13/11 — The X PRIZE Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on solving the Grand Challenges of our time by creating and managing large-scale, global incentivized competitions, announced a collaboration with Qualcomm Incorporated to design a medical Tricorder The organizations will offer a $10 million prize to develop a mobile solution that can…

Adept Technology to Debut New Technology for Land, Air, and Sea
05/06/11 —   Adept Technology Inc. (Nasdaq:ADEP), a Pleasanton, Calif.-based provider of intelligent robots and autonomous mobile solutions and services, says its MobileRobots group will add new aerial and autonomous underwater robots to round out its portfolio of land-based “wheeled” mobile platforms for the research and education community. The new products will…

Company Receives FDA Clearance for Robot Designed to Treat Hair Loss
05/03/11 — Restoration Robotics, Inc. a medical device company that pioneered the first robotic follicular unit harvesting system, today announced that it has received FDA 510K clearance for its revolutionary ARTAS System. The privately-held medical device company, recently announced that its ARTAS™ System, has received 510K clearance from the Food & Drug…

Titan Medical Inc. Announces Results of Beta Console Early User Study
05/03/11 — Titan Medical, Inc. announced testing results for its Beta Console early user study. Key opinion leaders in urology and cardiac surgery participated in the initial study and provided their feedback. The surgical console is a new design, which includes features such as force feedback and enhanced vision system, enabling easier control…




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