Intuitive Surgical opens Korean innovation, training center

Robotic surgical giant Intuitive Surgical (NSDQ:ISRG) opened the doors this week on a new $8.9 million surgical innovation training center on South Korea, according to a Korea Herald report. The new 39,008-square-foot center is located inside the Sangam DMC High-Tech Industry Center in Seoul and features five training stations with a total of seven da Vinci systems, […]

These speedy BD robot arms store and retrieve medications in seconds

It’s not difficult to see hospitals and pharmacies challenged by dispensing thousands of drugs with speed and accuracy. As the number of drugs rises, so do security issues. To address both, the Rowa Division of BD in Germany has introduced two machines. The Rowa Vmax provides for the automatic storage and retrieval of boxed pharmaceuticals

Titan Medical adds Columbia University Med Center to Sport feasibility trials

Titan Medical (TSX:TMD) said today it inked a deal to add Columbia University Medical Center to the feasibility and validation studies of its robotic Sport surgical system. The Toronto-based company said it expects the study to commence at Columbia by the 4th quarter of 2017 and into 2018. “Single port robotic surgery has tremendous potential to be […]

MIT robot adapts by putting on new exoskeletons

A new robot from MIT can adapt its capabilities with a simple outfit change. The tiny robot called Primer, developed by the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, puts on different exoskeletons allowing it to roll, float, drive and even glide. Primer starts as a cube, but uses heat to put on the new exoskeleton,…

New synthetic muscle step forward for soft robotics

A research team from Columbia Engineering’s Creative Machines lab developed a synthetic soft muscle that has a strain density 15 times larger than natural muscle and can lift 1,000 times its own weight that could propel soft robotics creation forward. According to the study “Soft Material for Soft Actuators” published in Nature Communications, the material…

Titan Medical installs first SPORT Surgical System in feasibility, validation studies

Titan Medical announced the installation of its SPORT Surgical System, a single-port robotic surgical system, at the Florida Hospital Nicholson Center training facility. It’s the first installation for the company’s pre-clinical feasibility and validation studies on the device. “We are thrilled to announce the first of three installations planned in U.S. and European Centers of…

Medtronic, Mazor Robotics close $40 million round

Mazor Robotics (NSDQ:MZOR) said today that closed the third, $40 million tranche of a deal with Medtronic (NYSE:MDT), which is due to take on exclusive global distribution rights for the Mazor X robot-assisted surgery device. It’s the third investment in the Israeli surgical robotics concern for Fridley, Minn.-based Medtronic, taking its total investment to $72 million, 10.6% stake in…

Johns Hopkins researchers set medical drone delivery record

With a 3-hour, 161-mile flight across the Arizona desert, researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine completed a record-distance medical drone delivery. During the flight, the drone’s payload system maintained the temperature of the human blood samples stored in a temperature-controlled chamber onboard, keeping them viable for lab analysis, according to the findings…

Study: artificial ‘skin’ could improve robot sensing

Researchers have found a material that can mimic human skin and improve robots’ sensing capabilities. Usually rigid semiconductor materials that create robots’ circuits limit the machines’ movement or sensing, either because they are not flexible or don’t permit electrons to flow efficiently. But the rubber electronics and sensors tested by a University of Houston team…

MIT researchers find way to automate measuring brain cell signals

Engineers at the Mass. Institute of Technology are working to automate the process of recording electrical signals from a brain neuron, which could help researchers more precisely study individual brain cells that affect learning and functioning and cause cognitive diseases. “Knowing how neurons communicate is fundamental to basic and clinical neuroscience,” Ed Boyden, senior author…

ABB to expand Michigan factory

Swiss company ABB plans to expand its industrial robot factory in Auburn Hills, Mich., CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer told Reuters this week. He did not comment on new jobs or investments associated with the expansion. The facility, which was first announced in 2015, produced its first robot in March and currently employs about 1,000 people. ABB…

Cambridge Medical Robotics unveils first look at Versius ‘bot

Cambridge Medical Robotics released the first photos today of its surgical robot, Versius, designed to make minimal access surgery more widely available and easier to perform. “We’ve designed Versius with surgeons in mind. By equipping them with a remarkable tool, fit for their demanding job, we can change the way surgery is delivered,” CEO Martin…

This exoskeleton could eliminate crouch gait

The National Institutes of Health has created what it claims is the first robotic exoskeleton that is designed to treat crouch gait in children who have cerebral palsy. Crouch gait occurs when there is excessive bending of the knees while walking. It is a common condition in children with cerebral palsy. The NIH reports that

Titan Medical closes $2m deal with Chinese investor

Titan Medical (TSX:TMD) said today that it closed a deal with Longtai Medical to convert a $2 million distributorship deposit to equity. The move makes Longtai the robotic surgical company’s largest shareholder. In May of 2015, Titan Medical and Longtai, a subsidiary of Chinese medical device distributor Ningbo Long Hengtai International Trade Co., inked a deal to

Soft, water-powered robot makes endoscopic surgery easier

Harvard researchers have created a rigid-soft robotic arm for endoscopes that can sense, flex and has multiple degrees of freedom. Flexible endoscopes fit through narrow passages to reach difficult parts of the body. Once they reach their target, the devices need rigid surgical tools to be able to manipulate or remove tissues. Researchers from Harvard’s