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Robotic Bear Hugs and Checks Your Heart Rate
10/09/12 — A hug is good for the heart - especially if you hug this teddy bear, which monitors your blood pressure while giving you that reassuring pat on the back. The HugBot, a huge teddy bear with a somewhat goofy grin, can wrap its arms around you, and while it offers…

Future Robot Introduces New Humanoid Kiosk
10/02/12 — Future Robot has unveiled a new service robot called FURO-K that will function as a friendly kiosk. The company claims that people often prefer to wait in line to speak with a human employee rather than using an intimidating kiosk, so it has been designed to look cute and inviting.…

Helper Robot Unveiled by Toyota
09/26/12 — Toyota has unveiled a new assistant robot designed to help the disabled live more independently. Called the Human Support Robot (HSR), it represents the latest initiative in Toyota's Partner Robot program and is intended to help out around the home by fetching things, opening curtains, and picking up objects that have fallen…

Bionic Eye Reawakens Blind Woman’s Optic Nerve
09/18/12 — An Australian woman has partially regained her sight thanks to a prototype bionic eye scientists have developed. Dianne Ashworth had severe vision loss due to retinitis pigmentosa, but thanks to a bionic eye transplant in May at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, she was able to see different shapes. “All…

A Robotic Arm Collects Curbside Trash
09/12/12 — The City of Grand Rapids, Michigan is getting smarter at how it collects waste, with robotic trucks and waste bins with computer chips. Recently, the city unveiled a new municipal waste collection program that allows residents to pay based on the amount of trash residents place at the curb, rather…

Checking Your Gucci Bag with a Robot
09/05/12 — Worrying about how much to tip the bellboy could soon be a thing of the past. A recently-opened New York City hotel—Yotel—part of a “MIMA” or mixed-use development, located at 570 Tenth Avenue, between 41st and 42nd Streets, has a robot that takes care of the guests’ luggage. It may…

Federal Robotics Initiative Gives $1M to Make Brain-Controlled Exoskeletons
08/29/12 — Scientists at Rice University, the University of Houston (UH) and TIRR Memorial Hermann have received a $1.17 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the President’s National Robotics Initiative (NRI).  The combined device will be validated by UTHealth physicians with as many as 40 volunteer patients in…

Robotic Glove Detects Breast Cancer Lumps
08/23/12 — Two engineers and a Harvard Medical School student have teamed up to enhance the human capabilities of touch with a robotic sensor glove. The glove will take the potential of a diagnosis-altering physical exam, and put it into the hands of patients.   Co.Exist’s Ariel Schwartz reports: "The Med Sensation glove, now…

PharmacyBot: Miracle Rx for Drug Errors
08/16/12 — It’s not just manufacturing jobs and factory automation where robotics is having an impact replacing human toil, professional jobs, especially repetitious, boring ones, are also affected. And if there ever was a professional occupation tailor made for robot conquest, dispensing drugs is it. As Farhad Manjoo, writing in Slate.com, puts…

iRobot And InTouch Health Roll Out New Remote Physician
08/01/12 — iRobot and its telemedicine partner InTouch Health are launching their first health robot, which combines telemedicine technology from InTouch Health with autonomous navigation and mobility developed for the iRobot Ava mobile robotics platform. The companies will unveil their RP-VITA (Remote Presence Virtual + Independent Telemedicine Assistant) at the InTouch Health…

Mazor’s Robot Renaissance Technology Receives FDA Approval for Brain Applications
07/16/12 — Mazor Robotics Ltd., a developer of surgical robots and complementary products, today announced its Renaissance platform received U.S. FDA marketing clearance, expanding the applications of the Renaissance system to include the precise positioning of surgical instruments and implants during brain surgery. “As neurosurgeons focus on both the spine and brain,…

Robotic Milkers on Ohio Farm
07/13/12 — That would not have seemed possible 40 or 50 years ago, or even 20 or 30 years ago. But four of these new robots are now milking cows on the Denmandale Farm in Johnson Township. Denmandale Farm is owned and operated by Davis and Betty Denman and their family, daughter…

Mobile Robotics Platform Becomes A Semi Humanoid Known As SAMI
07/09/12 — Forbes—SAMI the mobile robotic platform created by the CRIIF (Robotic Center of Ile de Franceis)* SAMI is a $100K prototype robot that some claim represents the future of robotics – he was built to be utilized and deployed cross-industry from healthcare to manufacturing to entertainment and intelligent transportation systems. He…

Artificial Cerebellum Enables Human-like Object Handling for Robots
07/05/12 — An artificial cerebellum has restored lost brain function in rats, bringing the prospect of cyborg-style brain implants a step closer to reality University of Granada researchers have developed an artificial cerebellum (a biologically-inspired adaptive microcircuit) that controls a robotic arm with human-like precision. The cerebellum is the part of the…

Thiele’s Econo-Pal Robotic Palletizer
06/29/12 — Thiele Technologies introduces Econo-Pal Robotic Palletizer, designed for basic in-plant setup by an operator. The Econo-Pal features a small footprint and minimal components to make installation fast and easy. Setup is simple enough that it can be done without Thiele technicians. A step-by-step manual and menu-driven controls allow in-plant personnel…

Robotic Fingertip More Sensitive than Human Touch
06/21/12 — Researchers at USC's Viterbi School of Engineering have created a robotic fingertip that is more sensitive to the touch than an actual human fingertip, an achievement which could greatly aid prostheses and advance artificial intelligence. Called BioTac, the tiny machine is a "new type of tactile sensor built to mimic…

Tubal Ligations Reversed, Now With Robotic-Assisted Surgery
06/20/12 — It’s something I’ve never had to worry about but have had friends go through, and sometimes, regret. We’re talking about a tubal ligation, and women have it when they think they’re donehaving children – but what if you get married again and want to conceive? Tubal ligations prevent you from…

RoboPizza Lands Stateside
06/19/12 — Late-night cravings for pizza may soon be satisfied not by all-night delivery, but by this robot vending machine. Invented by Italians and just now arriving on our fair shores, the Let's Pizza machine actually creates the pizza more or less from scratch, and then bakes it as you watch. The…




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