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Robotic Ultrasound Probe Improves Surgical Precision and Control
07/10/13 — DETROIT – While the use of ultrasound to identify tumors during kidney cancer surgery is gaining acceptance, a research team at Henry Ford Hospital has successfully taken it a step further by showing an added benefit when the procedure is done robotically. Simply put, the kidney surgeon who performs the…

New Robotic Animals Help Dementia Patients (And Are Unbearably Cute in the Process)
06/25/13 — Scientists at England’s Northumbria University introduced several people with mid- to late-stage dementia to PARO, an interactive animatronic harp seal. PARO respond to touch and sound, responds to its owner’s voice, and can give emotional responses. An overview of the study was published yesterday by the university’s press office. PARO’s cuteness wasn’t…

Bionic (Hu)Man: the Future of Robotic Prosthetics?
06/19/13 — Bertolt Meyer is used to being viewed as not fully human. Born with a stump where his left hand should have been, he spent his childhood wearing a hook connected to an elaborate pulley and harness. "To open the hook and grasp things I had to flex my shoulders like…

Eldercare Robot Rolls into More Real Homes
06/12/13 — A safer and healthier old age – that is the aim of GiraffPlus, an international project led by researchers at Örebro University, Sweden. With a focus of developing sophisticated aids for the elderly in close collaboration with the intended users, the project is now about to test the new technology…

Intuitive Surgical Beats Claims of Negligent Training Practices
05/30/13 — Intuitive Surgical’s stock shot up 5 percent last Friday after a Washington State jury found that the company did not fail to properly train a doctor who used its robotic surgery system, handing the company a victory in the first of more than two dozen similar lawsuits to go to trial.…

Researchers Build Robots to Traverse Patients’ Internal Abdominal Walls
05/23/13 — Researchers at the University of Leeds are using the feet of tree frogs as a model for a tiny robot designed to crawl inside patients' bodies during keyhole surgery. The tiny device is one of a growing stable of bio-inspired robots being built in the University's School of Mechanical Engineering.…

Robots Fight Hospital Superbugs
05/13/13 — They kill at least 100,000 people every single year, and the collective medical costs associated with treating people who contract them tops $30 billion a year, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics. But hospital "superbugs" have a new contender in the fight for people's lives that involves…

3D Printed Robohand Brings Low-Cost Prosthetics to the World
05/09/13 — The idea of a robotic hand goes back a long way, though mostly as a fictional concept. But thanks to the 3D printer, the robotic hand is getting a whole new life, as are those who are benefiting from the combination of Robohand and MakerBot, who are bringing out a…

New Study Finds Little Resistance to Robots Among Personal Caregivers
05/02/13 — As technology continues its steady march onward to the future, the question isn’t always “can” it be done, but rather “should” it be done. And this isn’t always asked from the ethical perspective. We humans often have to come to an understanding of just what we will and will not…

Mobiserv Project Reaches Three-Year Mark Positive Results for the Elderly
04/23/13 — As people enter old age it can become increasingly difficult to maintain a good quality of life without help. Perhaps a faltering memory leads to missed meals or drinks, or a decrease in mobility leads to loneliness and social isolation. Many elderly people are lucky enough to have a carer,…

Virtually-Interfaced Robotic Ankle and Balance Trainer Delivers Rehabilitative Service
04/18/13 — An ankle is necessary for standing, walking, running and keeping you stable. It performs these functions while bearing the weight of your entire body, which makes it highly susceptible to injuries. Beside physical trauma, strokes and cerebral palsy, other neurological impairments can cause ankle injuries that require rehabilitation. Each year,…

Software Verification Method Detects Bugs in Surgical Robots
04/11/13 — Surgical robots could make some types of surgery safer and more effective, but proving that the software controlling these machines works as intended is problematic. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory have demonstrated that methods for reliably detecting software bugs and ultimately verifying…

Micro-robot Addresses Challenges of Bladder Cancer Surgery
04/04/13 — Although bladder cancer is the sixth most common form of cancer in the U.S. and the most expensive to treat, the basic method that doctors use to treat it hasn't changed much in more than 70 years. An interdisciplinary collaboration of engineers and doctors at Vanderbilt and Columbia Universities intends…

The Robot Will See You Now
03/27/13 — IBM's Watson—the same machine that beat Ken Jennings at Jeopardy—is now churning through case histories at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, learning to make diagnoses and treatment recommendations. This is one in a series of developments suggesting that technology may be about to disrupt health care in the same way it has disrupted so…

Humanoid Simulates Vomiting to Test Spread of Noroviruses
03/20/13 — This robot vomits so we don’t have to. Larry the projectile vomiting robot spews all over the place, and it’s for a good cause. Larry was created by microbiologist Catherine Makison-Booth at the United Kingdom’s Health and Safety Laboratory in the Occupational Hygiene Unit. The lab’s scientists hope this robot can show exactly how the…

The EU’s CORBYS Corrects the Gait of Stroke Victims in Rehab
03/13/13 — Of the various effects that a stroke can have on a person, one of the most common is paralysis of one side of the body – needless to say, this has a severe impact on the victim’s ability to walk. Treatment often consists of therapists retraining the person’s body by…

Magnetic Microbots to Fight Cancer
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The Story of Kinova and Its Assistive Robot, Jaco
02/27/13 — When he was a child, Kinova's co-founder and CEO Charles Deguire used to spend his summer vacations with his family in the beautiful region of Gaspesie in Quebec, Canada. Among the family members were three uncles who lived with muscular dystrophy. This muscle disease, which weakens the musculoskeletal system, caused Charles' uncles…




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