Robotics

Assistive Robotics

Learn about the growing surgical robot market. See examples of surgical robots, including autonomous and computer-assisted technologies.

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Trivia: Medical

In March of 1973, the Six-Million Dollar Man TV series introduced the world to the possibility of a bionic man. What device made bionics a reality 20 years later?

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R&D: Medical
An assistive planar robot includes a cutting-edge closed-loop feedback system to monitor the muscle and brain activity of the user in order to trigger the execution of reach and grab in an adaptive way.
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Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Developing assistive robots is a challenging research area, especially when integrating these systems into human environments such as homes and hospitals. To tackle these challenges, the Human-Machine Interaction & Innovation (HMI2) Lab at Santa Clara University is creating a versatile intelligent robot.
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Features: Robotics, Automation & Control
In May 2023, a class of tiny, self-propelled robots were designed in the United States that can slip into a human body and may one day deliver prescribed drugs to hard-to-reach parts of the body. The team of developers at the University of Colorado Boulder aims to make the robot fully biodegradable one day, so that it eventually would dissolve in the body.
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Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The scientists set out in detail the process of developing the neuroprosthetic that has allowed a first patient with Parkinson's to be treated, enabling him to walk comfortably, confidently and without falling.
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Videos of the Month: Electronics & Computers
See the videos of the month, including an unprecedented view of gene regulation, a new composite film that improves the safety of personal protective suits, a new kind of strength-building wearable for those with restricted mobility, and more.
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INSIDER: Wearables

Researchers have developed an automatic process for making soft sensors. These universal measurement cells can be attached to almost any kind of object. Applications are...

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INSIDER: Medical

An intelligent suit could significantly improve rehabilitation after a serious spinal cord injury. The AI-supported solution combines electrical stimulation of muscles with support for...

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Videos of the Month: Robotics, Automation & Control
See the videos of the month, including one about a materials science approach to revealing clues of breast cancer, one on Rice University technology that would give patients one shot and they’d be set for the next couple of months, and more.
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Briefs: Medical
A team of researchers has developed a soft robotic wearable capable of significantly assisting upper arm and shoulder movement in people with ALS.
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Supplements: Robotics, Automation & Control
Learn about the medical manufacturers and cutting-edge applications that stood out in 2021.
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R&D: Design
The garments will contain sealed, airtight regions that can inflate, making them temporarily rigid and providing the force for movement.
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R&D: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Scientists have developed a new type of prosthetic using microfluidics-enabled soft robotics that promises to greatly reduce skin ulcerations and pain in patients who have had an amputation...

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INSIDER: Medical

A wearable assistive robot can detect and prevent a fall before it happens, reducing the user’s risk of sustaining injuries. The robot can also be used to aid patients’ rehabilitation from...

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Features: Robotics, Automation & Control

On October 2021, MassRobotics, Festo, and other key players in healthcare robotics, launched a Startup Catalyst Program to advance healthcare...

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INSIDER: Medical

Working closely with users and therapists, researchers have developed a light and easy-to-attach hand exoskeleton for people unable to grasp objects following a stroke or...

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Technology Leaders: Electronics & Computers

The primary aim for Harmonic Bionics is to empower patients and care providers by designing intelligent technology that facilitated a data-driven treatment protocol...

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Special Reports: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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Medical Robotics - April 2022

Novel biosensors set to revolutionize brain-controlled robotics...micro-robots propelled by air bubbles...a smart artificial hand...major advances in exoskeleton technology. These are just a few of the medical...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Harvard and Boston University have been awarded a grant of $3 million from the State House to support the development of next-generation robotics and wearable...

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R&D: Medical
A new robotic hand grasps a wide variety of items, including raw eggs.
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From the Editor: Medical
A new report from research firm Evaluate gives the medtech industry a fair grade for its performance in 2021.
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Features: Design
Despite the growth in MIS advancements over the last two decades, these techniques are still in their adolescence. There is much room for growth.
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Applications: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Infiplast, a plastics company for medical devices, was asked to design, prototype, test, and manufacture a critical component for ventilators.
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Briefs: Medical
The device was inspired by nature, specifically insect legs and flagella.
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Special Reports: Materials
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Medical Robotics - September 2021

Self-propelled nanobots that deliver drugs inside the human body...novel sensors that improve the safety and precision of industrial robots...a dynamic hydrogel material that makes building soft robotic...

Features: Robotics, Automation & Control
MD&M West brings together medtech engineers, business leaders, and innovative thinkers to create life-changing medical devices.
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Trivia: Robotics, Automation & Control

What major event in history was a catalyst for advancements in prosthetics?

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Supplements: Packaging & Sterilization
Our 2021 Resource Guide shows you the top manufacturers in materials, manufacturing, and a range of other medical-device categories.
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Technology Leaders: Robotics, Automation & Control
There are no true "medical robots," says an industry expert. Here's why.
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Ask the Expert

John Chandler on Achieving Quality Motion Control
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FAULHABER MICROMO brings together the highest quality motion technologies and value-added services, together with global engineering, sourcing, and manufacturing, to deliver top quality micro motion solutions. With 34 years’ experience, John Chandler injects a key engineering perspective into all new projects and enjoys working closely with OEM customers to bring exciting new technologies to market.

Inside Story

Inside Story: Validating Your Sterilization Process
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To find out more about sterile product development and registration, MDB recently spoke with Elizabeth Sydnor, Director of Microbiology of Eurofins Medical Device Testing (Lancaster, PA). Read the interview.

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