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…

Renishaw brings its stereotactic robot to Canada

The London Health Sciences Center in London, Ontario, has installedRenishaw’s Neuromate stereotactic robot, the first instance of the robot in Canada. The procedure was a stereoelectroencephalography (SEEG), which uses an intracerebral electrode to measure electrical signals in the brain. The goal of the procedure is to figure out which part of the brain generate the sudden

Oxford robotic surgery, synthetic retina advances could help visually impaired

The University of Oxford has recently had some major advances for treating the visually impaired. Surgeons at the university recently performed the world’s first operation inside the eye using robotics and a student created what the university says is the first synthetic retina. Surgeons go inside the eye with robots Ophthalmology professor Robert MacLaren and Nuffield

6 ways hydrogels are enabling medtech innovation

Hydrogels are water-based biomaterials developed specifically for human use, according to a Biomaterials journal article. They are a water-swollen polymeric material that doesn’t change its distinct 3D structure. They are formed from super-absorbent, chain-like polymers and are not soluble in water. However, their porous surface allows for nutrients and cell waste to pass through. They have

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Japanese automakers are interested in health robotics: Here’s how

Japanese automakers such as Toyota Motor Corp. are reportedly turning their focus to health robotics to help the country’s rapidly aging society. Japan faces dwindling demand for cars and its falling population has yielded labor shortages and pension squeezes. Toyota today launched a rental service for its walk assist system, which helps stroke survivors learn

9 cardiology breakthroughs you need to know

Cardiology breakthroughs couldn’t come soon enough because heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women in the U.S. About 610,000 Americans die of heart disease per year, and an additional 735,000 Americans suffer from a heart attack. The statistics terrify. High blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking are some of the top

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Here’s how exosuits affect your joints

People who wear soft exosuits use 23% less energy when walking while also reducing stress on their ankle joints, according to a recently published study out of Harvard. The researchers previously showed that a soft robotic exosuit could lower energy expenditures in healthy people who need to carry things on their backs, but the new research shows