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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

Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Arm Given Long-Term Test

The recipient of the prosthetic arm works in a demanding job, as a truck driver (Chalmers University of Technology)

9 October 2014. Biomedical engineers in Sweden developed and tested for 18 months a prosthetic device connected to a man’s amputated arm that provides electrical signaling with his mind and body. The team of biomedical . . . → Read More: Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Arm Given Long-Term Test

Humanoid Robots Help Children with Autism Learn Interaction

Maja Mataric´(University of Southern California)

29 August 2014. Engineers and computer scientists at University of Southern California in Los Angeles show how commercial humanoid robots can help children with autism spectrum disorder learn basic social behavior. The team from the lab of Maja Mataric´, director of USC’s Robotics and Autonomous Systems Center, presented its . . . → Read More: Humanoid Robots Help Children with Autism Learn Interaction

Farm Survey Drone System Seeks Crowdfunding Support

StitchCam drone aircraft (PutDronesToWork.org)

21 July 2014. A system that combines an aerial drone with Android tablet and software designed to survey a grower’s crop fields is seeking crowdfunding contributors. The StitchCam system by San Diego start-up SNAP Vision Technologies LLC is the subject of a Kickstarter campaign, but needs to raise more than . . . → Read More: Farm Survey Drone System Seeks Crowdfunding Support