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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…

HOSPI-R, Nurse’s New Best Friend
10/30/13 — Panasonic's ongoing effort to automate Japanese hospitals continued this month with the launch of the HOSPI-R, an autonomous delivery robot that is now on sale. In its press release, Panasonic contends that robots like this one are needed to maintain and improve the quality of nursing services due to Japan's…

Robotena the Nurse Robot Transport Will Go Where Emergency Care Can’t
10/24/13 — A injured man lies bleeding on the street, rolling against the wall to escape the sniper that shot him. Nobody dares approach him, fearing they’ll be next.  Such a scene is being repeated daily across Syria, with snipers becoming more and more ruthless. Regime snipers even make bets amongst each…

3D Printed Dextrus Lends a Hand toward Making Robotic Prosthetics Affordable
10/16/13 — A British inventor hopes to revolutionise the health industry after producing 3D printed prosthetic limbs. The engineering graduate has created The Dextrus hand, a fully-working prototype built with a 3D printer. The NHS currently has to pay around £70,000 for a prosthetic hand, but robotics expert Joel Gibbard, 23, has…

New in Robotic Surgery: The Dexterous SPORT System
10/09/13 — TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 9, 2013) - Titan Medical Inc. ("Titan" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:TMD)(OTCQX:TITXF) has posted a video on its website illustrating the impressive dexterity of the "snake-like" robotic instruments of its Single Port ####### Robotic Technology (SPORT™) Surgical System. The video shows how the SPORT™ Surgical System can…

Foot For Thought: The Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Leg
10/02/13 — The power of thought alone is not enough to move inanimate objects — unless the object is a robotic leg wired to your brain, that is. A 32-year-old man whose knee and lower leg were amputated in 2009 after a motorcycle accident is apparently the first person with a missing…

Robot-Assisted Surgery the New Way to Go with Broken Bones?
09/25/13 — The system is being developed at Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) in collaboration with a leading orthopaedic surgeon, a company specialising in orthopaedic devices and University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trusts . Bristol Robotics Laboratory is a collaboration between UWE Bristol (the University of the West of England) and the University of Bristol. The project, led by Dr Sanja…

Non-Invasive Microrobot Drug Delivery System Unveiled
09/18/13 — Small enough for injection without leaving a wound, new microrobots could revolutionize the way modern medicine treats certain hard-to-reach areas of the body. The eyes and brain are extremely tricky places for surgeons, and a non-invasive solution to certain ailments has long been sought. The impediments to this are numerous,…

New-Fangled Assistive Technology
09/11/13 — Hoaloha Robotics founder Tandy Trower spent 28 years at Microsoft, during which time he managed Windows 1.0 and 2.0 before being appointed as a member of Bill Gates’ strategic staff. He began developing connections with people from across the robotics industry and became fascinated by a question: How will the…

Robotic Endoscope Makes Surgeries More Efficient
09/04/13 — This is a flexible endoscope which can be operated by one person, instead of by two or three, as is often the case with the current endoscopes. PhD candidate in Industrial Design, Jeroen Ruiter, University of Twente, designed this endoscope along with technology provider DEMCON. With the flexible robotic endoscope,…

New Sleep Apnoea Treatment Uses Robotic Surgery
08/28/13 — A special type of robotic surgery could help to alleviate sleep apnoea, a researcher has discovered.Dr Ho-Sheng Lin, a fellow with the American College of Surgeons, investigated treatment using transoral robotic surgery (TORS), which is already established as a method of removing cancerous throat tumours.The researcher was able to use…

Robot for Performing Cardiac Surgery is Created
08/21/13 — Researchers in Poland have created cardiac surgery robots. The 10 year old project at the Foundation of Cardiac Surgery Development in Zabrze, Poland has built medical robots for carrying cardiac surgery with semi-automatic movements and a 3D virtual training system. Called the Robin Heart tele-manipulator, the system is designed to…

Robot Eliminates Blood Clots with Steerable Needle
08/14/13 — Blood clots in the brain are a growing health problem with devastating effects. These clots have a 40 percent mortality rate, and survivors can suffer from brain damage. Treatment is extremely challenging, but researchers at Vanderbilt University hope a new robot will be able to help. The bot uses a steerable…

Robotic Bodysuits and Bionic Limbs to Replace Physical Therapy?
08/07/13 — A person who has suffered from a stroke or spinal-cord injury might need to use crutches or a wheelchair as they gradually regain lost motion through physical therapy. But these patients could see drastically different effects strapping on a robotic bodysuit or a bionic limb and walking around like Iron Man…




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