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Autonomous Robot Shown Better at Soft-Tissue Surgery

Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot, or Star, surgical system (Children’s National Health System)

5 May 2016. A robotic arm, programmed to work autonomously under direction of a surgeon, was shown superior at soft-tissue surgery with pigs than human surgeons and robot-assisted surgery. Results of these tests, conducted by a team from Children’s National Health System . . . → Read More: Autonomous Robot Shown Better at Soft-Tissue Surgery

NIH Funding New Robotics for Disabled, Children

Preschooler interacts with a social robot companion (Personal Robots Group, MIT Media lab)

4 December 2015. National Institutes of Health is funding research and development of new robotic devices to help older people or those with disabilities and serve as companions for children. Agencies in NIH plan to spend $2.2 million on these cooperative . . . → Read More: NIH Funding New Robotics for Disabled, Children

Wearable Personal Instruction System Being Developed

Grad student Zhou Chen uses Gabriel and Google Glass with freehand sketching (Carnegie Mellon University)

2 December 2015. A device that provides personal step-by-step instruction to individuals as they undertake various tasks is being developed by computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University. The system, designed in the lab of professor Mahadev Satyanarayanan, is funded . . . → Read More: Wearable Personal Instruction System Being Developed

Robotics Harnessed to Produce Adult Stem Cells

Induced pluripotent stem cells reprogrammed from human skin (California Institute for Regenerative Medicine)

4 August 2015. An automated system now uses robotics instead of manual lab handling to convert skin samples from individuals into stem cells that can transform into any other cells in the body, for regenerative medicine, drug development, and research. The . . . → Read More: Robotics Harnessed to Produce Adult Stem Cells

GE, Institute to Design Digital Manufacturing Platform

(General Electric Co.)

3 June 2015. Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute in Chicago is developing a technology platform to make it easier for manufacturing companies to share technical data with their customers and suppliers, adapting concepts proposed by General Electric, which was chosen to lead the project. The platform, known as digital manufacturing . . . → Read More: GE, Institute to Design Digital Manufacturing Platform

Robotic Exoskeleton Developed for Upper-Body Rehab

Ashish Deshpande (University of Texas, Austin)

1 May 2015. A robotic device that helps recover upper-body functions for people with neurological or spinal injuries is being developed by engineers at University of Texas in Austin. Developers of the exoskeleton, called Harmony, plan clinical trials of the device later in 2015.

Harmony is a project . . . → Read More: Robotic Exoskeleton Developed for Upper-Body Rehab

Robot for Reaching Children With Autism Demonstrated

Milo, humanoid robot for teaching children with autism (A. Kotok)

4 March 2015. Milo, a humanoid robot designed to engage and build social skills in children with autism spectrum disorder, was shown today at a press conference in Washington, D.C. The demonstration also reported on early research findings that suggest Milo can reach some . . . → Read More: Robot for Reaching Children With Autism Demonstrated

Robotics Designed for Laundry and Other Uncertain Tasks

PR2 robot (Willow Garage/Wikimedia Commons)

6 February 2015. Computer scientists designed and tested decision-making models using artificial intelligence for robots to plan and perform unstructured and ill-defined tasks, from doing household laundry to conducting search-and-rescue operations. The team led by Siddharth Srivastava, now with United Technologies in Berkeley, California and Shlomo Zilberstein from University . . . → Read More: Robotics Designed for Laundry and Other Uncertain Tasks

XPrize Awards $5.25M for Lunar Technologies

(NASA.gov)

26 January 2015. A competition to develop new technologies for landing and robotic exploration of the moon awarded $5.25 million in 9 prizes to 5 private companies, as part of the Google Lunar XPrize challenge. The companies — from the U.S., Germany, Japan, and India — received the prizes for their design and . . . → Read More: XPrize Awards $5.25M for Lunar Technologies

Robot for MRI-Guided Epilepsy Surgery in Development

Mockup of surgical robot designed to treat epilepsy (Vanderbilt University)

16 October 2014. Engineers at Vanderbilt University in Nashville are building a robot for epilepsy surgery guided by MRI scans and designed to be less invasive than current surgical methods. The team from Vanderbilt, with colleagues from Georgia Tech and Milwaukee School of Engineering, . . . → Read More: Robot for MRI-Guided Epilepsy Surgery in Development