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Robots a Huge Asset to Laboratory Automation, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Drug Discovery
01/10/13 — Tasks in the life sciences, pharmaceutical and biomedical industries have always been complex and time-consuming. With the advent of new diseases and medical disorders, these undertakings will only grow in complexity. Due to their speed and precision, robotics are called upon to meet the ever-increasing scope and range of chores in…

Scientists Test the Benefits of Robotic Assisted Cystectomies
01/03/13 — About 30 percent of the more than 70,000 bladder cancer cases expected in 2012 are muscle invasive. In such cases, radical cystectomy is the preferred treatment. In a pilot trial, a team of investigators assessed the efficacy of open radical cystectomy (ORC) vs. robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical cystectomy (RARC). While there…

BrainGate: A Breakthrough Study for Healthcare Robotics
12/26/12 — Cathy Hutchinson is a quadriplegic patient who is able—for the first time in fifteen years— to reach and grasp with a robotic limb linked to tiny sensor in her brain.  As reported in a recent study in the journal Nature, the device, called BrainGate, bypasses the nerve circuits broken by…

Parker Hannifin Commercializes Vanderbilt’s Exoskeleton Technology
12/19/12 — Technology being developed by Parker Hannifin won’t repair the damage done by a car accident that paralyzed Michael Gore. But it could let him walk again Like something out of a science fiction movie, the Parker mobility device attaches motorized joints to a patient’s hips and knees. With a bit…

Robotic Surgery Saves a British Soldier from Amputation
12/12/12 — Captain James Murly-Gotto faced the prospect of amputation after being hit by machine gun fire during a 10-day mission in Helmand province. One bullet passed straight through the flesh of his left leg, but the other tore through the bones in his right. The inside of his knee was destroyed,…

Report Finds a Majority of Prostatectomy Patients Satisfied with Robot-Assisted Surgery
12/05/12 — The majority of patients undergoing RALP (robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy) surgery for localized prostate cancer do not regret their treatment decision, according to findings published in The Journal of Urology, December 2012. Analysis indicates the primary factors contributing to postoperative quality of life, and therefore satisfaction or dissatisfaction with treatment choice, are pre- and postoperative sexual potency and…

Thought-controlled Robotic Limbs to Reach First Patients in Early 2013
11/29/12 — A postdoctoral student has developed a technique for implanting thought-controlled robotic arms and their electrodes directly to the bones and nerves of amputees, a move which he is calling “the future of artificial limbs”. The first volunteers will receive their new limbs early in 2013. “The benefits have no precedent,” Max Ortiz…

Tele-operated Robot Offers Immobile Patients More Autonomy
11/21/12 — Researchers at the CNRS-AIST Joint Robotics Laboratory (a collaboration between France's Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology) are developing software that allows a person to drive a robot with their thoughts alone. The technology could one day give a paralyzed patient greater…

Where are the Eldercare Robots?
11/14/12 — In December, 2003, BusinessWeek Magazine interviewed Joseph Engelberger, the robotics pioneer. The article was entitled “How Robots Lost Their Way.” Included in the article was a plea for money to build an eldercare robot which Engelberger thought could be built with then-current technologies, rented for $600 per month, operated at…

Man Fitted with Bionic Hand After Industrial Accident
11/08/12 — Nigel was employed as a precious metals smelter. Around five years ago, he was involved in an accident at work involving an industrial blender. This led to a severe crush injury of his right forearm. He underwent six months of operations and infections before deciding to have an elective trans-radial…

Home Robot Makes Salad and Cleans the Dishes
10/31/12 — Researchers from the Korean Institute of Science and Technology's (KIST) Center for Intelligent Robotics (CIR) demonstrated their household service robot, CIROS, at Robot World 2012. CIROS, the third version of the robot since development began in 2005, is intended to help out around the home by performing simple chores. According…

Nordic Tag Team Promotes Healthcare at RoboBusiness
10/25/12 — RoboBusiness 2012 They were the last two speakers of the day, but when it was over, it felt more like a single presentation. Learning and entertainment both at once, all wrapped in a lively performance. Alan Hagman, Manager of Health Robotics at Sweden’s Robotdalen, a robotics cluster, and head of…

Robotic Wheelchair Climbs Stairs
10/15/12 — One of the greatest challenges facing our handicapped population is making sure every building is wheelchair accessible. Unfortunately, some buildings are just too old or small to add ramps or lifts. It can be discouraging, but some of the brightest minds in Japan may have found a solution.  At the…

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…




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