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Latest Briefs & News

Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
A Smart Artificial Hand for Amputees Merges User and Robotic Control
A Smart Artificial Hand for Amputees Merges User and Robotic Control

EPFL scientists are developing new approaches for improved control of robotic hands — in particular for amputees — that combines individual finger control and...

A Smart Artificial Hand for Amputees Merges User and Robotic Control
Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Product of the Month: November 2019 Medical Design Briefs
Product of the Month: November 2019 Medical Design Briefs

Proportional Pressure Controls

Microcontrollers from Clippard, Cincinnati, OH, utilize the company’s EVP and DVP proportional valves allowing for steady, repeatable...

Product of the Month: November 2019 Medical Design Briefs
Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Tiny Vibration-Powered Robots Can Work Together
Tiny Vibration-Powered Robots Can Work Together

Researchers have created a new type of tiny 3D printed robot that moves by harnessing vibration from piezoelectric actuators, ultrasound sources, or even tiny speakers. Swarms of these...

Tiny Vibration-Powered Robots Can Work Together
R&D : Medical
Harvesting Energy from the Human Knee
Harvesting Energy from the Human Knee

An energy harvester attached to the wearer’s knee can generate 1.6 μW of power while the wearer walks without any increase in effort. The energy is enough to power small electronics like health...

Harvesting Energy from the Human Knee
R&D : Robotics, Automation & Control
Multitasking Exoskeleton for Rehab
Multitasking Exoskeleton for Rehab

A new multitasking exoskeleton can be used for any of an entire arm’s eight movements that originate from the shoulder, elbow, or wrist joints. Detachable parts allow the therapist to focus on a single...

Multitasking Exoskeleton for Rehab
INSIDER : Robotics, Automation & Control
Industrial Robots Operate in Real Time
Industrial Robots Operate in Real Time

Scientists have developed software that enables industrial robots to form and adjust the trajectories of the movements of their tools while maintaining accuracy in real time. The software uses...

Industrial Robots Operate in Real Time
INSIDER : Medical
Microrobots Show Promise for Treating Tumors
Microrobots Show Promise for Treating Tumors

Researchers are working on a new form of treatment — microrobots that can deliver drugs to specific spots inside the body while being monitored and controlled from outside the body. The...

Microrobots Show Promise for Treating Tumors
Briefs : Medical
Miniature Robot Could Check Colons for Early Signs of Disease
Miniature Robot Could Check Colons for Early Signs of Disease

Engineers have shown it is technically possible to guide a tiny robotic capsule inside the colon to take micro-ultrasound images. Known as a Sonopill, the device could one day...

Miniature Robot Could Check Colons for Early Signs of Disease
News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
First Successful Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm Without Brain Implants
First Successful Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm Without Brain Implants

A team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota, has made a breakthrough in the field of noninvasive robotic device...

First Successful Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm Without Brain Implants
INSIDER : Medical
Electronic Skin Offers Exceptional Sense of Touch
Electronic Skin Offers Exceptional Sense of Touch

Robots and prosthetic devices may soon have a sense of touch equivalent to, or better than, the human skin with the Asynchronous Coded Electronic Skin (ACES), an artificial nervous system....

Electronic Skin Offers Exceptional Sense of Touch
News : Motion Control
Inside Story: Allied Motion
Inside Story: Allied Motion

Many medical devices — from robotic surgery to autonomous delivery robots in hospitals, to dialysis equipment — use motion control products to operate. Allied Motion’s long and successful experience as a...

Inside Story: Allied Motion
Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Robotics Motion Control: The Complex Relationship Between Movement and Task
Robotics Motion Control: The Complex Relationship Between Movement and Task

As more medical companies seek robots for increasingly complex tasks such as robotic-assisted surgeries, systems developers tasked with building these robots see an...

Robotics Motion Control: The Complex Relationship Between Movement and Task
Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Taking Advanced Surgical Robotics Beyond the Surgical Suite
Taking Advanced Surgical Robotics Beyond the Surgical Suite

In use for nearly 20 years, robotic surgery utilizing the da Vinci Surgical System has become a standard technique by hospitals in the United States and Europe when performing...

Taking Advanced Surgical Robotics Beyond the Surgical Suite
Briefs : Materials
Researchers Create Soft, Flexible Materials with Enhanced Properties
Researchers Create Soft, Flexible Materials with Enhanced Properties

A team of polymer chemists and engineers from Carnegie Mellon University have developed a new methodology that can be used to create a class of stretchable polymer...

Researchers Create Soft, Flexible Materials with Enhanced Properties
INSIDER : Medical
First-Ever Noninvasive Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm
First-Ever Noninvasive Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm

Using a noninvasive brain-computer interface (BCI), researchers have developed the first-ever successful mind-controlled robotic arm exhibiting the ability to continuously track and follow a...

First-Ever Noninvasive Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm
Products : Test & Measurement
New Products & Services: June 2019 Medical Design Briefs
New Products & Services: June 2019 Medical Design Briefs

Optical Distance Sensor

A highly accurate optical distance sensor is available from Werth Messtechnik, Giessen, Germany. The Werth Chromatic Focus Point sensor can measure...

New Products & Services: June 2019 Medical Design Briefs
Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
An Army of Microrobots Can Wipe Out Dental Plaque
An Army of Microrobots Can Wipe Out Dental Plaque

A visit to the dentist typically involves time-consuming and sometimes unpleasant scraping with mechanical tools to remove plaque from teeth. What if, instead, a dentist could deploy a small...

An Army of Microrobots Can Wipe Out Dental Plaque
Briefs : Imaging
Imaging System Helps Surgeons Remove Tiny Ovarian Tumors
Imaging System Helps Surgeons Remove Tiny Ovarian Tumors

Ovarian cancer is usually diagnosed only after it has reached an advanced stage, with many tumors spread throughout the abdomen. Most patients undergo surgery to remove as many of...

Imaging System Helps Surgeons Remove Tiny Ovarian Tumors
INSIDER : Medical
Non-Invasive Therapy Helps People with Paraplegia
Non-Invasive Therapy Helps People with Paraplegia

Researchers have developed a non-invasive strategy that combines functional electrostimulation, a body weight support system, and a brain-machine interface for the rehabilitation of people...

Non-Invasive Therapy Helps People with Paraplegia
INSIDER : Robotics, Automation & Control
Battelle to Develop Injectable, Bi-Directional Brain Computer Interface
Battelle to Develop Injectable, Bi-Directional Brain Computer Interface

Battelle has for years successfully demonstrated brain-computer interface (BCI) projects — just look at NeuroLife®, which has enabled a quadriplegic man to move his...

Battelle to Develop Injectable, Bi-Directional Brain Computer Interface
Blog : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Want a Magnetized Medical Robot? Just 3D Print It
Want a Magnetized Medical Robot? Just 3D Print It
A microrobot can take up to 8 hours to make. With the help of a 3D printer, University of Toronto engineers got the process down to 20 minutes
Want a Magnetized Medical Robot? Just 3D Print It
News : Medical
Answering Your Questions: How Do Medical Robots Help Surgeons?
Answering Your Questions: How Do Medical Robots Help Surgeons?
A reader asks: "With medical robots, what's in it for surgeons?"
Answering Your Questions: How Do Medical Robots Help Surgeons?