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R&D: Robotics, Automation & Control
Robotics Gain Insight from Seahorse Design

Inspired by the tail of a seahorse, which can be compressed to half its size without damage, scientists at the University of California, San Diego, are attempting to use similar engineering to create a flexible robotic gripper arm equipped with polymer muscles that could be used in medical devices. Led...

Tasked with the design and build of a fully automated in vitro diagnostics (IVD) bottling plant, an engineering firm specializing in the development of analytical medical equipment found...

Makino, Mason, OH, introduces its latest CNC horizontal machining centers, the N2 and N2-5XA, for medical and small aluminum parts manufacturing. The new N2 platform is a high-productivity...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
EBP 5672 Collet Chuck

Seco Tools, Troy, MI, a provider of metal cutting solutions for milling, turning, holemaking, and toolholding, debuted the company’s new EBP 5672 collet chuck for high precision machining. The new collet chuck...

Features: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The Pursuit of Power for Surgical Instruments

As an increasing number of patients enter the operating room, more and more orthopedic surgeons are becoming orthopedic patients themselves. According to a survey entitled “Occupational Hazards...

News: Imaging
Navigating Inside Airways Using 'GPS' Technology

The innumerable divisions of the bronchi in the lungs can baffle researchers in search of tumors, but soon, lung specialists may be able to navigate accurately inside the airways using GPS-type technology say researchers with SINTEF, the largest independent research organization in Scandinavia. A...

News: Imaging
3D Printed Hearts Aid in Cardiac Surgery

Doctors at Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC, are creating new hearts to help cardiac surgeons. Not actual hearts, but three-dimensional synthetic models using a 3D printer. The only one of its kind at a Washington area hospital, the printer uses scans from individual patients to...

Products: Materials
Engineered Metal Solutions

ATW Companies, Inc., Warwick, RI, is highlighting its technologies used in a new disposable metal laparoscopic scalpel device, which was manufactured using capabilities from two different ATW companies....

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Silicone Cables for Telepresence Robots

Cicoil, Valencia, CA, designed ultraflexible flat silicone cables are halogenfree, flame retardant, and provide premium current carrying capacity, reduced skewing effects, weight and space savings,...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Mitsubishi Machining Technologies

MC Machinery Systems, Inc., Wood Dale, IL, presents the new Mitsubishi MV2400-S Advance Wire EDM, a wire EDM developed for the medical industry featuring the M700 series control with 15" touch screen, and...

News: Robotics, Automation & Control
Surgical Robot Influenced by Tree Frog

Researchers at the University of Leeds in the UK are using the feet of tree frogs as the inspiration for a tiny robot designed to crawl inside patients’ bodies during laparoscopic surgery. The tiny device is designed to move across the internal abdominal wall of a patient, allowing surgeons to see what...

News: Robotics, Automation & Control
Finding and Fixing Software Bugs in Surgical Robots

Surgical robots could make some types of surgery safer and more effective, but proving that the software controlling these machines works as intended is problematic. So say researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory,...

News: Robotics, Automation & Control
Tiny Surgical Tools to Perform Biopsies

Using hundreds of untethered grippers, each as small as a dust mote, engineers and physicians at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, say they have devised a method to perform biopsies that could provide a more effective way to access narrow conduits in the body as well as find early signs of cancer or...

News: Robotics, Automation & Control
More Sensitive Touch for Robot Hands

Researchers at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), Cambridge, MA, have developed an inexpensive tactile sensor for robotic hands that is sensitive enough to enable a machine to handle objects with sensitivity and dexterity.

Designed by researchers in the Harvard Biorobotics...

News: Robotics, Automation & Control
3D Printed Anatomical Reproductions Prep Surgeons

Experience is the greatest teacher, but being able to have actual experience with a patient’s individual anatomy prior to surgery has been out of reach of surgeons until now. Currently, there are various software systems that use 3D animation, interaction, and virtual participation to rehearse...

News: Medical
3D Heart Catheter Receives Award and Seeks Commercialization Partners

RTI International, Research Triangle Park, NC, one of the world’s leading research institutes, has developed a prototype catheter that can generate live, streaming 3D ultrasound images from inside the heart. The device received a Cardiovascular Innovation Award at the 2013...

From the Editor: Robotics, Automation & Control
From the Editor — It’s Showtime!

At the time of this writing I am just back from MD&M West in Anaheim. What a pleasure to meet with representatives from so many of the companies who have graced these pages and more still to come. This, coming right after BIOS/Photonics West in San Francisco, officially kicks off the medical device...

For a patient experiencing a brain aneurysm, every second in the operating room counts in quickly and successfully clipping the aneurysm to stop blood flow and prevent permanent damage....

News: Robotics, Automation & Control
Making Colonoscopies Safer

Research is being conducted at the Chevy Chase Clinical Research facility in Chevy Chase, MD, on a device that can measure the amount of force applied to the colonoscope during a colonoscopy, in order to make a colonoscopy safer and less uncomfortable.

Dr. Louis Korman of Capital Digestive Care and Artann...

Quest International, Inc., Irvine, CA, a leading supplier of medical imaging display technologies and information technology solutions, introduces the AlphaView®...

Features: Robotics, Automation & Control
Navigation Aids Enhance Foot Control Usability

The ever-increasing functional capabilities of emerging medical de vices have precipitated new requirements for the multi-function foot controls used to operate the equipment. These foot...

News: Robotics, Automation & Control
Using Hand Gestures to Review MRI Images?

Surgeons may soon be able to use a system in the operating room that recognizes hand gestures as commands to a computer to browse and display medical images of the patient during a surgery. Researchers at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, are creating a system that uses depth-sensing cameras and...

Global Innovations: Robotics, Automation & Control
Implantable Robotic Arm Controlled by Thought
Chalmers University of Technology,
Gothenburg, Sweden
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A team of researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, say...

News: Medical
Using Beam of Sound as a Scalpel?

Using a focused beam of sound as a scalpel? That's not as far off as it sounds, according to a group of University of Michigan at Ann Arbor engineering researchers, whose research shows that a carbon-nanotube-coated lens that they developed converts light to sound and can focus high-pressure sound waves to finer...

Features: Medical
Creating a Healthier Future

The 10th annual “Create the Future” Design Contest, attracted more than 950 innovative product ideas from engineers and students in 65 countries. The Medical category itself received 92 outstanding entries...

News: Medical
Developing Tiny Robot to Remove Brain Tumors

A team of scientists from the University of Maryland, College Park, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore, were awarded a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue their work on developing a small robot that may someday air neurosurgeons in removing difficult-to-reach...

News: Medical
Fiberoptic Laryngoscopy Simulation App

A study presented by Raymond Glassenberg, MD, from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, during the ANESTHESIOLOGY 2012 annual meeting demonstrated that an iPhone application called iLarynx™ he created was extremely effective at simulating a fiberoptic bronchoscopy.

When...

News: Robotics, Automation & Control
Integrating Microprecision into Surgical Tools

For a skilled surgeon performing general surgery, tiny hand tremors are usually not a serious risk for patients. But what if the surgeon is operating inside the human eye or repairing microscopic nerve fibers?

Scientists from the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering and...

Authors, filmmakers, and television programs have given us visions of robots serving humanity for most of the past 100 years. Some of the most iconic fictional ones include...

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Ralph Bright on the Power of Power Cords

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