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News : Medical
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 : Robotics, Automation & Control
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 : Robotics, Automation & Control
DARPA Helps Paralyzed Man Feel Again Using a Brain-Controlled Robotic Arm
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...

DARPA Helps Paralyzed Man Feel Again Using a Brain-Controlled Robotic Arm
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 : Medical
Edible Battery Could Power Ingestible Medical Devices
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...

Edible Battery Could Power Ingestible Medical Devices
News : Robotics, Automation & Control
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...

Products : Motion Control
Disposable Cartridge Components

Plastikos, Erie, PA, offers disposable cartridge components made of cyclic olefin polymer (COC) for wearable drug delivery devices holding medications such as insulin and pain medicines. The disposable cartridges are manufactured under strict tolerance levels and multi-cavity tooling. Every cavity on each mold was...

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 : Sensors/Data Acquisition
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 : AR/AI
Surgical Robotics: The Evolution of a Medical Technology
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...

Surgical Robotics: The Evolution of a Medical Technology
Features : Robotics, Automation & Control
Surgical Robotic System for Incision-Less Surgery
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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 : Robotics, Automation & Control
Cheaper, Simpler Nanomaterial for Wearable Devices
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...

Cheaper, Simpler Nanomaterial for Wearable Devices
News : Medical
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
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...

Five-Fingered Robot Gets a Grip
News : Medical
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

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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.

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
New 'Box' Sterilizes Surgical Instruments

A mobile container from Rice University sterilizes surgical instruments in low-resource settings. The "Sterile Box," built into a standard 20-foot steel shipping container, houses a water system for decontamination and a solar-powered autoclave for steam sterilization.

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
NASA Adds Flywheel to Heart Pump Motor

When children are born with a missing heart ventricle, doctors can perform a Fontan surgical procedure; the operation creates a passive circulation network to replace the blood pumping function. Inefficiency in circulation, however, often increases over time. A heart pump motor, using NASA Glenn Research...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Origami-Inspired Devices Support Minimally Invasive Surgery

Brigham Young University (BYU) researchers have engineered new minimally invasive surgery concepts that eliminate the need for pin joints and other parts, instead relying on the deflection inherent in origami to create motion.

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Imaging System Features 'Optical Brush'

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab have developed a new imaging device that consists of a loose bundle of optical fibers; no lenses or protective housing are needed. Tight bundles of the fibers could yield endoscopes with narrower diameters.

News : Medical
Open-Source Laser Cutter Prints 3D Objects from Powder

Rice University bioengineering researchers have modified a commercial-grade CO2 laser cutter to create OpenSLS: an open-source, selective laser sintering platform that prints intricate 3D objects from powdered plastics and biomaterials.

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Adhesive Polymer Mimics Mussels

Purdue researchers have developed a mussel-mimicking adhesive polymer that is non-toxic to living cells. The synthetic material can be used in surgical and biomedical applications.

News : Medical
Soft Electronics Can Aid Robotic Movement

Scientists at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland, say that their research into soft electronics for a new type of gripper can change the way robots can touch and pick up delicate objects like eggs and paper. This lightweight gripper could be incorporated into...

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