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Human-Like Soft Touch Robotic Sensors Developed

A robotic hand with built-in sensors that can sense fine differences in shape and texture is being developed in an engineering lab at Cornell University. . . . → Read More: Human-Like Soft Touch Robotic Sensors Developed

Spinal Cord Injury Rehab Device in Development

A robotic device to improve the balance of people going through rehabilitation after spinal cord injury is being developed by an engineering-medical team from Columbia University and University of Louisville. . . . → Read More: Spinal Cord Injury Rehab Device in Development

Robo-Bacteria Engineered for Cancer Drug Delivery

A biomedical engineering team designed a technology for precise deployment of drugs to tumors with bacteria modified to deliver their cargoes. . . . → Read More: Robo-Bacteria Engineered for Cancer Drug Delivery

Self-Driving Truck Software Based on Biological Model

Ola Benderius monitors a Volvo self-driving truck on a test track in Sweden. (Henrik Sandsjö, Chalmers University of Technology)

26 May 2016. Researchers from Sweden are developing software for controlling self-driving trucks, using the way animals react and adapt to their environment as a model. The team from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg . . . → Read More: Self-Driving Truck Software Based on Biological Model

Ingestible Robot Designed for Stomach Objects, Wounds

The unfolded origami robot with magnet, at right, folds to fit in the capsule, left. (Melanie Gonick, MIT)

13 May 2016. An engineering team at Massachusetts Institute of Technology designed a tiny robotic device for swallowing into the stomach to remove foreign objects and repair wounds. Researchers that include team members at University of . . . → Read More: Ingestible Robot Designed for Stomach Objects, Wounds

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