Researchers developed a sensor system that detects residual movement of an arm and calibrates the appropriate pressurization of the balloon actuator to move the person’s arm smoothly and naturally.
Exoskeletons qualify for direct disability compensation in Germany
BARMER announced it will accept a ruling from state courts that made exoskeletons considered as direct disability compensation.
Brain-computer interface startups augmenting human body
The brain-computer interface market is all-encompassing, but a major promise is connecting robotic parts to compensate for human frailties.
Roam partners with VA to test robotic knee brace
Ascend is intended to help those with knee pain perform everyday tasks, like walking, going up stairs or standing up.
Inflatable robotic hand gives amputees real-time tactile control
A computer model relates a finger’s desired position to the corresponding pressure a pump would have to apply to achieve that position. Using this model, the team developed a controller that directs the pneumatic system to inflate the fingers.
Smart ArM team develops prosthetics to compete in Cybathlon 2020 Global Edition
The Smart ArM project, in which researchers developed specialized prosthetic arms, was among the teams participating in the Cybathlon 2020 competition that used maxon motors.
Mirmex Motor uses AI in new approach to customizable micromotor winding design
Mirmex Motor said its AI-developed electric motors and flexible circuits can make it easier to design and manufacture devices such as prosthetics and surgical robots.
Unlimited Tomorrow designs personalized prosthetics to empower amputees
Among the tradeoffs in designing robotic prosthetics is the one between cost and function. Unlimited Tomorrow uses innovative production methods and maxon drives to help children gain function.
What’s next for Waymo’s robotaxis, Dusty Robotics’ Tessa Lau, robotic prosthetics with Coapt
This week, The Robot Report Podcast talks about construction robotics with Dusty Robotics’ Tessa Lau, learns about prosthetics operating systems from Coapt’s Blair Lock and user Bert Swift, and reviews the latest news.
Medicare provider certification granted to wearable robotics firm Myomo
Myomo, which makes wearable robots offering increased functionality for people with neurological disorders or upper-limb paralysis, said Medicare authorization is an important step toward reimbursements.
Healthcare Robotics Engineering Forum 2020 announces call for presentations
The second annual Healthcare Robotics Engineering Forum is seeking expert speakers to share their insights and experiences around developing assistive, medical, and surgical systems.
Robotic rehabilitation and assistive technologies to revolutionize physiotherapy
As global demand for robotic rehabilitation and assistive technologies grows, developers must be aware of emerging applications. Transparency Market Research offers examples of areas of interest.
Coapt re-engineers, upgrades control system for prosthetic arms
Coapt has announced Gen2 of its Complete Control System, which uses AI and machine learning to better control prosthetic arms.
Healthcare Robotics Engineering Forum Call for Speakers Ends Aug. 7
The Healthcare Robotics Engineering Forum, which is produced by WTWH Media and The Robot Report, is looking for speakers to share their expertise on the design, development, and manufacture of commercial healthcare robotics systems.
Wearable device could improve communication between humans, robots
Researchers at in Houston, Boulder, and Nanjing, China, have developed a soft nanomembrane that could help people with wearable devices operate them more smoothly.
LUKE prosthetic arm has sense of touch, can move in response to thoughts
Biomedical engineers are helping develop a prosthetic arm for amputees that can move with the person’s thoughts and feel the sensation of touch via an array of electrodes implanted in the muscles of the patient.
Artificial muscles based on MIT fibers could make robots more responsive
New MIT system of contracting fibers could be a boon for biomedical devices and robotics.
KIST researchers teach robot to trap a ball without coding
Using surface electromyograms, or human muscle signals, researchers at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology were able to get a robot to trap a ball like a soccer player. KIST’s team did this without numerical calculation or programming.
WTWH Media Announces Healthcare Robotics Engineering Forum
Inaugural conference and expo addressing healthcare robotics engineering challenges co-locates with DeviceTalks, a leading technical and business development event for the medical device sector. Business-to-Business publisher WTWH Media has announced the launch of the Healthcare Robotics Engineering Forum, an international conference and expo focused on easing, speeding and improving the design, development and manufacture of…
Myomo scales up production, training for MyoPro device for upper-body mobility
Myomo is working with contract manufacturers for its MyoPro assistive devices, which use sensors, algorithms, and motors to help wearers regain upper-limb function.
MIT glove with tactile sensors builds map that could help train robot manipulation
The STAG or scalable tactile glove out of MIT helps build a tactile map that can be used to train a neural network to improve object recognition, grasping, and manipulation by robots and prostheses.
Robotics investments February 2019
Robotics investments totaled at least $4.3 billion in February 2019 in a steep increase from January, which had about $1.4 billion. In addition, companies reported approximately $3.9 billion worth of acquisitions this past month. Any political or economic jitters have not yet harmed the mood for robot deals. The Robotic Industries Association noted yesterday that robot…