Robotics & Automation

Get an overview of the global medical robots market. Visit this Medical Design Briefs Robotics and Automation Hub to receive news, expert advice, and essential information – from the history of medical robots to the technologies of tomorrow.

INSIDER : Robotics, Automation & Control
Smaller, Smarter, Softer Robotic Arm for Endoscopic Surgery

Researchers have developed a hybrid rigid-soft robotic arm for endoscopes with integrated sensing, flexibility, and multiple degrees of freedom. This arm — built using a manufacturing paradigm based on pop-up fabrication and soft lithography — lies flat on an endoscope until it...

Briefs : Markets
High-Precision Surgical Robot Embeds Cochlear Implant

A team of surgeons and engineers from Inselspital, Bern University Hospital, and the ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research, University of Bern, Switzerland, have developed a...

Features : Information Technology
Open Core Engineering: New Freedom for Machine Automation Programming

The increasing sophistication and complexity of medical devices is compounded by strict regulatory requirements that demand systems that can produce consistent, repeatable results. Automation has been key to achieving these goals while maximizing output and minimizing...

Briefs : Medical
Soft Robot Offers New Treatment Option for Heart Failure

Harvard University and Boston Children's Hospital researchers have developed a customizable soft robot that fits around a heart and helps it beat, potentially opening new treatment...

Features : Robotics, Automation & Control
Fixating on Innovation: A Revolution in Spinal Fusion Surgery

When a person suffers from degenerative disc disease, spine trauma, or cancer of the spine, the result is decreased stability that can produce pain — often severe — during normal activities. Surgeons will first attempt conservative measures such as cortisone injections and...

Features : Medical
Improving Outcomes: 3D Printed Models for Simulating Surgery

The Department of Neurological Surgery at St. Louis University has partnered with the university's School of Engineering to begin quantifying how advanced manufacturing practices such as 3D printing can enhance the training as well as the surgical practice for neurosurgeons. The...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Skin-Graft System Improves Healing of Chronic Wounds

According to the National Institutes of Health, more than six million cases of chronic wounds cost $20 billion each year in the United States. Diabetic ulcers, pressure sores, surgical site wounds, and traumatic injuries to high-risk patients account for most wounds that do not heal. Data from...

Features : Robotics, Automation & Control
Mari: Precision Technology for Successful Surgery

Besides radiotherapy and chemotherapy, the standard procedure for treating brain tumors includes the surgical removal of all or some of the growth. This surgery calls for precision and perfection — both from the surgeon and the instruments, because knowledge and skill alone do not determine the...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Optical Waveguides Help Robotic Hand Feel

Most robots achieve grasping and tactile sensing through motorized means, which can be excessively bulky and rigid. A group of researchers has devised a way for a soft robot to feel its surroundings internally, in much the same way humans do. The group has published a paper describing how stretchable...

INSIDER : Medical
Virtual Reality for Diagnostics and Surgical Planning

Researchers have developed a technology that uses computed tomography (CT) data to generate in real time a 3D image of the anatomical structures of the part of the body undergoing surgery for use in a virtual environment. The researchers took 2D CT cross-sections and converted them for use in...

Briefs : Medical
DARPA Helps Paralyzed Man Feel Again Using a Brain-Controlled Robotic Arm

A DARPA-funded research team has demonstrated for the first time in a human a technology that allows an individual to experience the sensation of touch directly in the...

News : Medical
Yale Startup 'Advances' Guidewire Placement

A device from Yale University researchers aims to simplify the process of placing a central venous catheter, or central line, in patients. The Ballistra Guidewire Advancer allows the physician to insert a guidewire with one hand and continuously monitor the location of the needle tip via ultrasound....

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Researchers Create Customized Proteins from 'Bacterial Builders'

Researchers from Wyss Institute have revealed a scalable method for building biomaterials from protein structures known as "amyloids." Ongoing work in the lab will focus on fabricating a wide variety of materials, including hydrogels that can interface with the body.

Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Edible Battery Could Power Ingestible Medical Devices

Nontoxic, edible batteries could one day power ingestible devices for diagnosing and treating disease. One team reports new progress toward that goal with their batteries made with...

News : AR/AI
HoloLens Goggles Bring Augmented Reality to Brain Surgery

Surgeons and engineers are working to make emergency neurosurgical procedures safer with the help the HoloLens, a new pair of augmented reality (AR) goggles from Microsoft. The HoloLens adds to, or “augments,” existing reality by projecting virtual, 3D images onto real-world...

News : Medical
Artificial Blood Vessels Support Patients with Heart Defects

Biomedical engineers from the University of Minnesota have created artificial blood vessels. If confirmed in humans, the grafts, bioengineered in the lab and tested in young lambs, could prevent repeated surgeries for children with congenital heart defects.

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Neural Interface Allows Brain to Experience Touch through Robotic Arm

A neural interface connected to a robotic arm allows an individual to experience the sensation of touch directly in the brain. By enabling two-way communication between brain and machine — outgoing signals for movement and inbound signals for sensation — the technology...

Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Tiny Robot Chains Work Inside the Body

A group of Drexel University researchers used a rotating magnetic field to show how multiple chains of microscopic, magnetic bead-based robots can link up to reach impressive speeds swimming through a liquid. Their research is the latest step toward using the so-called “microswimmers” for targeted...

News : Software
Underground Radar Sheds Light on Post-Katrina Damage

An innovative underground radar technology developed at Louisiana Tech University is helping the City of Slidell in south Louisiana to identify and document underground infrastructure damage that had gone undetected in the months and years following Hurricane Katrina.

Briefs : Medical
Electric Mesh Helps Heart Beat

A research team led by investigators at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Seoul National University has developed a new electric mesh device that can be wrapped around the heart to deliver electrical impulses and improve cardiac function in experimental models of heart failure. The study points to a...

Features : Medical
Surgical Robotics: The Evolution of a Medical Technology

For a long time, the ability of robots to interact with humans in our daily lives was more myth than reality— and the idea of robotics performing exceptionally complex tasks such as...

Features : Robotics, Automation & Control
Surgical Robotic System for Incision-Less Surgery

A team of engineers from Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the University of Hong Kong (HKU) have collaborated on an innovative project to develop a novel surgical robotic system (NSRS) with haptic or tactile feedback that is capable of single incision or natural...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Researchers Develop Ivy-Inspired Medical Adhesive

English ivy has the ability to latch on so tight to trees and buildings that the plant can withstand the winds of hurricanes and tornadoes. Researchers from The Ohio State University pinpointed the spherical particles within English ivy’s adhesive and identified the primary protein within...

News : Materials
Cheaper, Simpler Nanomaterial for Wearable Devices

An international team of researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Korea University say that they have developed an ultrathin film that is both transparent and highly...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Muscle-Inspired Actuators Could Automate Robotics

To help pave the way for a new generation of robots that are soft-bodied and safer to perform tasks in close proximity to humans, a team of researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have developed an actuator that generates movements similar to those of...

News : Software
Five-Fingered Robot Gets a Grip

Intricate tasks that require dexterous in-hand manipulation — rolling, pivoting, bending, and sensing friction — are a challenge for today's robots. A University of Washington team of computer scientists...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Researchers Produce Quantum Dots, Naturally

Three researchers from Lehigh University have found a better, more natural way to produce quantum dots, the valuable semiconductor nanoparticles that support medical imaging applications. The method begins with engineered bacterial cells in a simple, aqueous solution and ends with functional...

Features : Robotics, Automation & Control
Robotic Glove Can Help Restore Hand Movements

Patients who have lost their function in their hand due to injury or a nerve-related condition, such as stroke or muscular dystrophy, now have a chance of being able to restore hand movements through the use of a new lightweight and smart robotic rehabilitation device...

News : Medical
Electrical Stimulation of Deep Brain Structures Eases Chronic Pain

A University of Texas at Arlington research team has developed an alternative treatment for opioid addiction. Electrical stimulation of a deep, middle brain structure blocks pain signals at the spinal cord level without drug intervention.

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Polymer Nanobrush Repels Dirt

Drexel University researchers have developed a new method for making polymer nanobrushes. The technology can be used in various medical applications, including coating, biomedical, sensing, and catalysis processes.


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