The U.S. FDA just gave approval to Corindus Vascular Robotics for a new medical device; the U.S. FAA set up a task forceÂ to figure out how to register drone owners; and the South Korean government fundedÂ Samsung to develop and manufactureÂ industrial robots.
The South Korean government’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said they would invest $14.8 million for Samsung to develop product specs for factory robots that can carry out complex tasks normally reserved for “nimble human fingers.” The government wants Samsung to help develop an in-country high-precision robot industry instead of the current situation ofÂ importing them from Japan and Europe and farming out manufacturing to off-shore cheap labor countries. Additionally the government wants Samsung to build precision components: speed reducers, servos, controllers and sensor encoders. The new robots will be put to work making consumer electronics products, and the components, in addition to being incorporated into the robots, will be available for sale to other South Korean robot manufacturers to help minimize the importation of foreign-made robots.
“Once affordable robots reach the market and are more widely used, it can lead to the creation of ‘smart factories’ and bring about far-reaching innovations to the manufacturing sector,” the ministry said in a statement.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given Corindus Vascular Robotics clearance for theirÂ robotic-assisted CorPath angioplasty system. The CorPath device and system has a control console from which the cardiologist controls the movements of guidewires, stent catheters and balloons used in the procedure – a procedure (PCI) which begins in an artery in the wrist but has been guided by a doctor heavily clad in radiation protection gear as he or she guides a catheter into the patient’s heart using a fluoroscopy device giving off radiographic exposure. The new FDA-approved CorPath method enablesÂ the cardiologist, sitting at a console removed from the radiation,Â to drive the catheter to the correct location using joysticks and touchscreen controls.
âThe CorPath Systemâs ability to protect cath lab personnel during these cases is more important than ever with the increasing prevalence of radial and complex PCI in todayâs cath lab,âÂ said David Handler, President and CEO, Corindus.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) set up a task force to develop recommendations for a registration process for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) of all types. The task force must deliver their recommendations by November 20, 2015.
âRegistering unmanned aircraft will help build a culture of accountability and responsibility, especially with new users who have no experience operating in the U.S. aviation system,â Transportation Secretary AnthonyÂ Foxx said.Â âIt will help protect public safety in the air and on the ground.â
“Because safe operations are essential for all users of the national airspace, AUVSI is also looking forward to continuing its work with the FAA and other supporters of the âKnow Before You Flyâ campaign to educate newcomers to UAS technology about where they should and shouldnât fly.â