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INSIDER : Robotics, Automation & Control
Soft Robot Programmed to Move Like an Inchworm
Soft Robot Programmed to Move Like an Inchworm

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

Soft Robot Programmed to Move Like an Inchworm
Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Automation: The Future of Medical Manufacturing
Automation: The Future of Medical Manufacturing

Manufacturers in the medical industry face unique challenges in terms of product mix, throughput requirements, quality standards, and regulatory guidelines. Whether a company is developing...

Automation: The Future of Medical Manufacturing
R&D : Medical
Programmable Soft Actuators for Soft Robotics
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...

Programmable Soft Actuators for Soft Robotics
INSIDER : Medical
Electronic Glove Offers Humanlike Features for Prosthetic Hands
Electronic Glove Offers Humanlike Features for Prosthetic Hands

An electronic glove can be worn over a prosthetic hand to provide humanlike softness, warmth, appearance and sensory perception, such as the ability to sense pressure,...

Electronic Glove Offers Humanlike Features for Prosthetic Hands
Briefs : Medical
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 : Robotics, Automation & Control
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 : Medical
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 : Medical
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 : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Robotic Cane Improves Walking Stability
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"...

Robotic Cane Improves Walking Stability
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 : Imaging
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 : Robotics, Automation & Control
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 : Defense
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 : Robotics, Automation & Control
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 : Medical
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 : Medical
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?
Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Product Focus May 2019: Fluid Handling
Product Focus May 2019: Fluid Handling

Peristaltic Fill/Finish System

Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group, Cornwall, UK, has unveiled a new highly accurate peristaltic fill/finish system. A wide variety of modules are available for...

Product Focus May 2019: Fluid Handling
INSIDER : Medical
Soft Robotics: Perception Inspired by Humans
Soft Robotics: Perception Inspired by Humans

A perception system for soft robots was inspired by the way humans process information about their own bodies in space and in relation to other objects and people. The system includes a motion...

Soft Robotics: Perception Inspired by Humans
INSIDER : Robotics, Automation & Control
Seeing the World through a Robot’s Eyes
Seeing the World through a Robot’s Eyes

An interface system that uses augmented reality technology could help individuals with profound motor impairments operate a humanoid robot to feed themselves and perform routine personal care tasks...

Seeing the World through a Robot’s Eyes
INSIDER : Robotics, Automation & Control
Assistive Robot Learns to Help Disabled Eat
Assistive Robot Learns to Help Disabled Eat

About a million Americans with injury or age-related disabilities need someone to help them eat. Now NIBIB funded engineers have taught a robot the strategies needed to pick up food with a fork and...

Assistive Robot Learns to Help Disabled Eat
News : Medical
Osso VR to Showcase First Virtual Reality Training Module for Robotics with Smith & Nephew’s NAVIO Surgical System
Osso VR to Showcase First Virtual Reality Training Module for Robotics with Smith & Nephew’s NAVIO Surgical System

Osso VR, a validated virtual reality (VR) surgical training platform, has announced a first-of-its-kind VR training module...

Osso VR to Showcase First Virtual Reality Training Module for Robotics with Smith & Nephew’s NAVIO Surgical System

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