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Artificial skin allows robotic hand to sense touch

Artificial skin allows robotic hand to sense touch
A team of researchers from the University of Houston has reported a breakthrough in stretchable electronics that can serve as an artificial skin, allowing a robotic hand to sense the difference between hot and cold, while also offering advantages for a wide range of biomedical devices. The work, reported in the journal Science Advances, describes a new mechanism for producing stretchable electronics, a process that relies upon readily available materials and could be scaled up for commercial production.
14th September 2017

Robotic system is capable of monitoring specific neurons

Robotic system is capable of monitoring specific neurons
Recording electrical signals from inside a neuron in the living brain can reveal a great deal of information about that neuron’s function and how it coordinates with other cells in the brain. However, performing this kind of recording is extremely difficult. To make this technique more widely available, MIT engineers have now devised a way to automate the process, using a computer algorithm that analyses microscope images and guides a robotic arm to the target cell.
31st August 2017

Robotic training improves walking in children with CP

Robotic training improves walking in children with CP
A team led by Sunil Agrawal, professor of mechanical engineering and of rehabilitation and regenerative medicine at Columbia Engineering, has published a pilot study in Science Robotics that demonstrates a robotic training method that improves posture and walking in children with crouch gait by enhancing their muscle strength and coordination.
27th July 2017


'Smart' robot technology improves stroke rehab

'Smart' robot technology improves stroke rehab
Scientists say they have developed a 'smart' robotic harness that might make it easier for people to learn to walk again after a stroke or spinal cord injury. The harness, the researchers said, can be fine-tuned to individual patients to help them find a more natural walking pattern as they go through rehabilitation. In early tests with 26 patients recovering from a spinal cord injury or stroke, the technology looked promising, according to a new report.
20th July 2017

Robots can help children with autism

Robots can help children with autism
Research involving the University of Portsmouth is aiming to develop robots to help children with autism in ways humans can't. The Development of Robot-Enhanced therapy for children with AutisM spectrum disorders (DREAM) project will design robots that can operate autonomously and help the therapist to improve the child's social interaction skills, such as turn-taking, imitation and joint attention.
28th June 2017

Computer model simulates sense of touch

Computer model simulates sense of touch
Neuroscientists from the University of Chicago have developed a computer model that can simulate the response of nerves in the hand to any pattern of touch stimulation on the skin. The tool reconstructs the response of more than 12,500 nerve fibres with millisecond precision, taking into account the mechanics of the skin as it presses up against and moves across objects. The software will allow scientists to see how entire populations of nerve fibres respond when we interact with objects.
27th June 2017

Robot gives injections for elderly with retinal disease

Robot gives injections for elderly with retinal disease
  Patients with age-related retinal disease need regular injections in the eye. At the moment, these must be given by specially trained medical doctors, but a robot may well handle this task in the near future.
22nd June 2017

Neuromate stereotactic robot installed in Ontario

Neuromate stereotactic robot installed in Ontario
Renishaw has announced the first neuromate stereotactic robot in Canada has been installed in the LHSC in London, Ontario. The first neuromate assisted neurosurgical procedure performed in Canada was a Stereo-electroencephalography (SEEG) case, a procedure which uses intracerebral electrodes to measure electrical signals within the brain. The aim of this type of surgery is to identify which area of the brain is generating the sudden bursts of electrical signals which cause epileptic seizures.
22nd June 2017

Drones can increase survival from cardiac arrest

Drones can increase survival from cardiac arrest
Research from the Centre for Resuscitation Science at Karolinska Institutet and Stockholm South General (Söder) Hospital in Sweden shows that a specially constructed drone equipped with a defibrillator can be dispatched by alarm and delivered automatically to the site of a cardiac arrest long before an ambulance arrives. The results are published in the respected medical periodical JAMA.
20th June 2017

Robots play a key role in hearing aid production

Robots play a key role in hearing aid production
The components used in the production of hearing aids are extremely small and are getting more minuscule as technology develops, and therefore, manufacturer of the devices, Oticon, required a more flexible robot, which was provided by Universal Robots, to handle these components in its production.
15th June 2017


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