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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…

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…




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