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Implanted robot could help grow stunted organs

Implanted robot could help grow stunted organs
Surgeons at Boston Children’s Hospital have long sought a better solution for long-gap esophageal atresia, a rare birth defect in which part of the esophagus is missing. The current state-of-the art operation, called the Foker process, uses sutures anchored to children’s backs to gradually pull the unjoined ends of esophagus until they’re long enough to be stitched together. To keep the esophagus from tearing, children must be paralysed in a medically induced coma, on mechanical ventilation, for one to four weeks.
18th January 2018

Next-gen flexible robots are as strong as biological muscles

Next-gen flexible robots are as strong as biological muscles
In the basement of the Engineering Center at CU Boulder, a group of researchers is working to create the next generation of robots. But instead of the metallic droids you may be imagining, these robots are made from soft materials that react to applied voltage with a wide range of motions. Such soft robots contain tremendous potential for future applications as they adapt to dynamic environments and are well-suited to closely interact with humans.
17th January 2018

Medical robotics - where business dreams come true

Medical robotics - where business dreams come true
Robotics has a long, colourful history, but its applications have only recently impacted the healthcare industry. Market research and strategy consulting company, Yole Développement, is investigating this domain to identify the evolution of the healthcare industry and its needs and understand the related technology challenges. Yole’s experts has announced a $9.3bn market in 2022 in its new report, medical robotics technology and market analysis. 
4th December 2017


Amputees will be able to control a robotic arm with their minds

Amputees will be able to control a robotic arm with their minds
A study by neuroscientists at the University of Chicago shows how amputees can learn to control a robotic arm through electrodes implanted in the brain. The research, published in Nature Communications, details changes that take place in both sides of the brain used to control the amputated limb and the remaining, intact limb. The results show both areas can create new connections to learn how to control the device, even several years after an amputation.
28th November 2017

A 'half-hearted' solution to one-sided heart failure

A 'half-hearted' solution to one-sided heart failure
Soft robotic actuators, which are pneumatic artificial muscles designed and programmed to perform lifelike motions, have recently emerged as an attractive alternative to more rigid components that have conventionally been used in biomedical devices. In fact, earlier this year, a Boston Children’s Hospital team revealed a proof-of-concept soft robotic sleeve that could support the function of a failing heart.
28th November 2017

Bringing bionic limb technology to babies and toddlers

Bringing bionic limb technology to babies and toddlers
  RS Components is supporting a business start-up with a mission to help bring functional limbs with hydraulic technology to children around the world who need them, after the inventor began developing one for his own amputee baby son.
28th November 2017

Exoskeleton technology helps factory workers avoid injuries

Exoskeleton technology helps factory workers avoid injuries
Putting dishes on a high shelf or changing an overhead lightbulb occasionally might not be difficult, but could you imagine performing either of these tasks 4,600 times per day? How about 1 million times a year? These are the approximate number of times some Ford assembly line workers lift their arms during overhead work tasks. At this rate, the possibility of fatigue or injury on the body increases significantly.
13th November 2017

Disinfection robot has robust wireless access

Disinfection robot has robust wireless access
A disinfection robot has been introduced from the Danish company INFUSER, as the STERISAFE-Pro. It disinfects surfaces in any given room - for example patient rooms, operating theatres or hotel rooms - removing up to 99,9999% of pathogens. The robot fills the designated room with an Ozone-based biocide agent which kills unwanted bacteria, viruses and fungi, while purifying the air from small particulate matter in the air.
2nd November 2017

Flexible skin for prosthetics can sense shear force

Flexible skin for prosthetics can sense shear force
If a robot is sent to disable a roadside bomb — or delicately handle an egg while cooking you an omelet — it needs to be able to sense when objects are slipping out of its grasp. Yet to date it’s been difficult or impossible for most robotic and prosthetic hands to accurately sense the vibrations and shear forces that occur, for example, when a finger is sliding along a tabletop or when an object begins to fall.
23rd October 2017

Senhance surgical robotic system receives FDA Clearance

Senhance surgical robotic system receives FDA Clearance
TransEnterix has announced the Company has received FDA 510(k) clearance for the Senhance Surgical Robotic System. "The clearance of the Senhance System in the US is a milestone in the progress of robotics and is expected to deliver improvement in the efficacy, value and choices offered to patients, surgeons and hospitals," said Todd M. Pope, President and Chief Executive Officer of TransEnterix.
17th October 2017


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