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The robotic surgery market is currently in a rapid state of expansion. It has welcomed dozens of new companies in the last decade, and the range of technologies, uses, and applications of robotic...

VAT, a manufacturer of high-end vacuum valves, is providing crucial valves needed for the production of the development of medical flow sensors. Flow sensors are...

Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
Clippard Adds Staff to Address COVID-19 Demands

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a crisis unlike anything the world has ever faced, and Clippard recognizes its unique role as a manufacturer of critical components and subassemblies for...

Gas valves, flame-resistant polymers, robot actuators, and more.
The new design combines both pinch and power grips.
The device made of heart tissue and a robotic pumping system beats like the real thing.
IoT Prototyping Board

Renesas, Tokyo, Japan, has introduced a low-power prototyping board that will simplify and speed up product development for IoT endpoint equipment...

A system of “electronic skin-integrated haptic interfaces” jointly developed by City University of Hong Kong (CityU) and other academic institutions can help users...

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Synopsys, Exeter, UK, has launched Simpleware Release P-2019.09. The latest version of the software includes new features and performance improvements....

Technology Leaders: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Medical Design Briefs: 2019 Technology Leaders
Learn about 2019's stand-out manufacturers and cutting-edge applications in special metals, coatings, robotics, and more.

Robots are at the forefront of innovation in the last decade, leading the medical device industry to the cusp of a new technological shift: The...

R&D: Robotics, Automation & Control
Embedding Artificial Muscles into Soft Materials

Stretchable skin-like robots that can be rolled up and put in your pocket have been developed by a team using a new way of embedding artificial muscles and electrical adhesion into soft...

Artificial muscles will power the soft robots and wearable devices of the future. But more needs to be understood about the underlying mechanics of these powerful structures in order to...

Features: Robotics, Automation & Control
Plate Handler Adds Automation in Medical Laboratories

Peak Analysis and Automation (PAA), Farnborough, UK, has designed a budget-friendly plate handler that works in a tight laboratory footprint, developing an innovative product that could...

Technology Leaders: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Maximizing Biomanufacturing Productivity in Single-Use Applications

Biologics and personalized medicine are increasingly becoming more popular — causing the biomanufacturing industry to change. Instead of sticking to large-scale production...

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

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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...

Researchers have created a miniature robot that can crawl with inchworm-like motion. The underlying technology could one day transform smart wearables.

R&D: Electronics & Computers
Programmable Soft Actuators for Soft Robotics

Researchers have developed highly programmable actuators that, similar to the human hand, combine soft and hard materials to perform complex movements. These materials have great potential for...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
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...

R&D: Robotics, Automation & Control
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...

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...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
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...

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Robotic Cane Improves Walking Stability

By adding electronics and computation technology to a simple cane that has been around since ancient times, Columbia Engineering researchers have created a robotic device that provides "light-touch"...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
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...

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...

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...

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...

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