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Robohand Designing 3D-Printed Roboleg Prosthetic
05/22/14 — Richard Van As and Ivan Owen, co-founders of Pretoria, South Africa-based Robohand, are using robotics to help amputees obtain affordable prosthetics. Van As was inspired to create robotic prothestics after a woodworking accident in 2011 where he lost all his fingers on his right hand.Their latest creation, Roboleg, is an…

‘Luke Skywalker’ Robotic Arm Wins FDA Approval
05/15/14 — The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new "Luke Skywalker" robotic arm, or DEKA Arm System, that is controlled by electromyogram (EMG) sensors activated by the wearer. The black and silver prosthetic, which is manufactured by DEKA Integrated Solutions in Manchester, New Hampshire, was inspired by Luke…

Sporobot to Automate Production of Malaria Vaccine
05/07/14 — Sanaria, a Maryland-based biotechnology firm, recently developed the PfSPZ Vaccine that was 100 percent effective against malaria in clinical trials. Malaria causes illness in over 200 million people worldwide and 600,000 deaths each year. Before the PfSPZ Vaccine, there was no vaccine that fully protected against the malaria parasite. The…

Startup Avidbots Targets Robotic Cleaning of Commercial Areas
05/01/14 — Vacuuming is one of the few markets where robots have proven that they can be consistently commercially successful. There's a good reason for this: vacuuming is a repetitive, time-intensive task that has to be performed over and over again in environments that are relatively constrained. Despite the success of several…

Obama: Japanese Robots ‘Were a Little Scary’
04/24/14 — President Obama played soccer Thursday with a Japanese robot -- and came away a bit scared. Obama's visit to the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, or Mirikan, aimed to highlight both Japan's technological  prowess and the renewal of a 10-year scientific collaboration agreement between the two countries. While the…

Panasonic Robot Bed/Wheelchair Earns Global Safety Certification
04/16/14 — There's a lot of talk about Japan's rapidly aging society, and how it is expected to literally place a heavy burden on the island nation's caregivers. Among the many projected problems is a smaller pool of health care workers amidst a growing tide of elderly who require around-the-clock care. With…

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…

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 –…

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…




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