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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…

Aethon’s Robots, Designed to Look like Trains, Bring Food to Hospitalized Kids
04/29/11 — Resembling large toy trains, six robots are delivering meals to patient floors throughout Children’s Hospital Boston. The robots – called TUGs – are provided by Pittsburgh-based Aethon, a leading provider of mobile, self-guided robots to hospitals. TUGs can be found in hospitals across the country, but Children’s Hospital Boston is the first hospital…

Gostai Debuts Telepresence Robot
04/20/11 —   French robot maker Gostai recently unveiled its line of Jazz designed for use as mobile telepresence devices. Wi-Fi connectivity allows users to control the robots via a Web browser, allowing the operator to attend meetings, visit a remote location or inspect the goings on at an office or factory.…

Intubation Robot Enters Clinical Trials
04/20/11 —   The Kepler Intubation System (KIS), the first intubation robot operated by remote control, may facilitate the intubation procedure and reduce some complications associated with airway management. Developed by Dr. Thomas M. Hemmerling, a McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) specialist and McGill University Professor of Anesthesia and his team, the…

Innovation Robotic Summit in Lyon, France, Draws Nearly 10,000
04/12/11 —   Organized by SYROBO, the French Union of Service Robotics, INNOROBO, the first European summit dedicated to service robotics and innovation within the robotics field, brought together companies, researchers, engineers, and other industry experts for three days last month. Some 80 exhibitors, representing nine countries, were present at the event,…

NASA Global Hawk Takes Earth’s Temperature
03/24/11 —   A Northrop Grumman-produced Global Hawk high-altitude unmanned aircraft began a series of flights over the Pacific Ocean on February 11, 2011 as part of a campaign to study atmospheric rivers. Known as Winter Storms and Pacific Atmospheric Rivers (WISPAR), the research is being done by the National Oceanic and…

Surgical Robot Assists in Lung Cancer Surgery
03/11/11 —   South Nassau Communities Hospital’s robotic-assisted surgery program recently performed its first robotic lobectomy for early-stage lung cancer, according to a statement from the hospital. The procedure was performed by a multi-disciplinary team of physicians that included Dr. Shahriyour Andaz, MD, FACS, South Nassau’s director of thoracic oncology; Alan Blum,…

Robot Therapy Improves Arm and Shoulder Mobility After Stroke
02/25/11 —   Robot manipulation of arms paralyzed by stroke, in conjunction with standard rehabilitation therapies, can improve arm and shoulder mobility. So says a new study that followed 60 stroke victims in six rehabilitation centers in Japan presented at the America Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2011. Using a Reo Therapy…

Europe’s Robot Freighter Docks Safely With ISS
02/25/11 —   Eight days after launch, the European Space Agency’s (ESA) latest Automated Transfer Vehicle, Johannes Kepler, completed a flawless rendezvous and docking with the International Space Station (ISS) at 17:08 CET (16:08 GMT) to deliver essential supplies. The approach and docking were achieved autonomously by its own computers, closely monitored…

Mars Rover Gets Clean Bill of Health After Communications Hiatus
02/21/11 —   NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) reports that the Mars rover Opportunity emerged from the solar conjunction in good order. Solar conjunction is the period when communications between Earth and Mars are disrupted because the Sun is directly in between the two planets. Telemetry has been returned from the two-week…

European Space Agency to Launch Robot Freighter
02/14/11 —   A robot freighter designed to send supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) will be launched on February 15, 2011. It will be the European Space Agency’s (ESA) 200th launch, and also its heaviest payload at 20 tons. The Johannes Kepler freighter will be hoisted by an Ariane 5…

New Research Institute Study Touts Robotic Surgery’s ‘Tremendous Benefit’ to patients
02/09/11 —   Robot-assisted surgery dramatically improves outcomes in patients with uterine, endometrial, and cervical cancer, say researchers at the Jewish General Hospital's Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research in Montreal. Moreover, because of fewer post-operative complications and shorter hospital stays, robotic procedures also cost less. These results were published in late…

Ford Accelerates Research on Intelligent ‘Talking’ Vehicles
02/04/11 —   Ford Motor Company says it is aggressively accelerating its commitment to wirelessly connected intelligent vehicles. Such vehicles would have what’s known as vehicle-to-vehicle communications using Wi-Fi, and will first be built as prototypes for demos across the U.S. The automaker plans to double its intelligent vehicle investment in 2011…

Russian Answer to U.S. Reusable Robotic Spacecraft In The Offing
01/31/11 —   Russian researchers are working on an unmanned spacecraft similar to the U.S. Boeing X-37 Orbital Test Vehicle, Space Troops chief Oleg Ostapenko said on Thursday. He said, however, it was not clear as yet how it would be used. “Something has been done along these lines, but as to…

Robotic Glider to Map Flood Plume Into Australia’s Moreton Bay
01/27/11 —   The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Australia’s national science agency, is deploying a $200,000 coastal glider in Queensland’s Moreton Bay to investigate the impact of the recent flooding on marine ecosystems. Dr. Andy Steven, from CSIRO’s Wealth from Oceans Flagship program, says the glider’s deployment is part…




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