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,…

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…

How MRI can power mini-robots inside the body for targeted treatment

Scientists at the University of Houston and Houston Methodist Hospital are harnessing the power of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to drive mini-robots through the body for targeted treatment. The researchers are developing control algorithms, imaging technology, ultrafast computational methods and human-machine immersion methods that could enable the steering of dozens or even thousands of tiny millimeter-sized

Mind-controlled robots read your mind to correct errors

Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and Boston University have developed a system that allows humans to direct and correct robots using only their brains. The system uses an electroencephalography (EEG) monitor to record brain activity that the system can detect when the user notices that there was an error

Healthcare robots: 5 ways they are getting even better

Think robots and healthcare, and surgical robotics often comes to mind. But there are so many other ways that robotics is transforming modern health settings. In addition to revolutionizing surgery, researchers and companies have explored robots for hospital logistics, disinfecting, nursing, exoskeletons for rehabilitation, and prosthetic limbs. A recent research report by Tractica predicts that the

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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

Heart failure devices: This amazing new robot could be the future

A new customizable robotic heart sleeve has demonstrated potential when it comes to aiding the beating of a failing heart, according to the Harvard University and Boston Children’s Hospital researchers who developed it. The researchers claim that the soft robot has advantages over the heart assist devices such as VADs that are out there because

Surgical robotics specialist Medineering secures funding from Brainlab

The Munich, Germany–based surgical robotic startup Medineering has announced the successful closing of its Series A round. The investment of Medineering’s new strategic partner Brainlab will enable the startup continuing its way to becoming a global surgical robotic manufacturer. Specifically, the investment will be used for the commercialization of the first robot for endo- and

Why manufacturers should care about brain-computer interfaces

Mind-controlled robots are demonstrating the potential to improve manufacturing. The new University of Illinois research, funded by the National Science Foundation, raises the possibility that brain-computer interfaces (BCI) could be a next big thing on the manufacturing floor, including in the medical device space. Industrial and enterprise systems engineering professor Thenkurussi (Kesh) Kesavadas and PhD student

New Airgate system allows for remote monitoring of robots

Airgate has developed a way to communicate with Universal Robots (UR) remotely. The Airgate Robot Communications Solution (ARCS) is a communication system for UR robots that enables the user to securely monitor and manage robots through secure connections. The system is meant to improve production costs, quality and efficiency—and reduce downtime—all especially important needs in

These mind-controlled robotic arms don’t need brain implants

Researchers from the University of Minnesota have developed a non-invasive way to control robotic arms by purely thinking about how to move them. This innovation is a breakthrough and trumps previous brain-computer interfaces that required implants in the brain to record brain signals and control robotics. “This is the first time in the world that