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Blog: Materials
Manufacturing elastomers that can be shaped into complex 3D structures that go from rigid to rubbery has been unfeasible until now.
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Briefs: Materials
A research paper by scientists at the University of Coimbra proposed a soft robotic hand comprising soft actuator cores and an exoskeleton, featuring a multimaterial design aided by finite element analysis to define the hand geometry and promote finger’s bendability.
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Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Although the robot braille reader was not developed as an assistive technology, the researchers say the high sensitivity required to read braille makes it an ideal test in the development of robot hands or prosthetics with comparable sensitivity to human fingertips.
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Blog: Medical
A team of Georgia Tech researchers in Aaron Young’s lab has developed a universal approach to controlling robotic exoskeletons that requires no training, no calibration, and no adjustments to complicated algorithms. Instead, users can don the “exo” and go.
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Briefs: Medical
Taking inspiration from origami, MIT engineers have now designed a medical patch that can be folded around minimally invasive surgical tools and delivered through airways, intestines, and other narrow spaces, to patch up internal injuries.
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Briefs: Design
This advancement, one of the first of its kind, enables a useful new capability for a variety of applications, including improved prostheses, haptics for new modalities in augmented reality (AR), and thermally modulated therapeutics for applications such as pain management. The technology also has a variety of potential industrial and research applications.
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Briefs: AR/AI
A first-of-its-kind robotic glove is lending a “hand” and providing hope to piano players who have suffered a disabling stroke. Developed by researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, the soft robotic hand exoskeleton uses artificial intelligence to improve hand dexterity.
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INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

People who received gentle electric currents on the back of their heads learned to maneuver a robotic surgery tool in virtual reality and then in a real...

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Articles: Medical
See the products of tomorrow, including ultra-fast mode-lock lasers, an accurate speech decoder, and an ultra-thin e-tattoo.
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Briefs: Medical
A new soft sensor developed by UBC and Honda researchers opens the door to a wide range of applications in robotics and prosthetics. When applied to the surface of a prosthetic arm or a robotic limb, the sensor skin provides touch sensitivity and dexterity, enabling tasks that can be difficult for machines such as picking up a piece of soft fruit.
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Blog: Medical
NeuroPair’s Fibermag treatment — which aims to help patients of Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) recover — took home the distinguished honor on Friday, November 10 in the heart of New York City.
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Blog: Medical
Robotic prosthetic ankles that are controlled by nerve impulses allow amputees to move more “naturally,” improving their stability.
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Articles: Medical
See the 2023 Create the Future Design Contest's Medical Finalist: NeuroPair's new treatment approach for spinal cord injury.
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INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Robotic prosthetic ankles that are controlled by nerve impulses allow amputees to move more “naturally,” improving their stability, according to a new study from...

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Blog: Green Design & Manufacturing
This past year’s Technology and Society articles in Tech Briefs magazine describe different ways engineers are making significant contributions to improving our lives.
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Blog: Design
Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a robotic gripping device that is gentle, strong, dexterous, and precise enough to pick up microfilms that are 20 times thinner than a human hair.
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Technology & Society: Medical
Prosthetic technology has seen incredible advancements over the past three decades, but the socket, one of the device’s most important parts, has remained relatively unchanged.
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Quiz: Medical
How much do you know about IoMT, an industry that was valued at $99.58 billion in 2022 and is expected to grow to $486.34 billion by 2031? Find out with this quiz.
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Special Reports: Materials
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Advanced Materials & Coatings - May 2023

Breakthroughs in plastics, composites, metals, and other materials technologies are enabling exciting new applications in industries ranging from aerospace to automotive to medical. Read more in this...

Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
See the Products of Tomorrow, including silicon photonic MEMS, a micro-robotic arm, and more.
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INSIDER: Medical

Some 30,000 people in the U.S. are affected by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a neurodegenerative condition that damages cells in...

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Special Reports: Medical
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Medical Manufacturing & Outsourcing - March 2023

The first 3D-printed nano-alloy...plasma treatment increases plastic part value 10x...light-powered catalysts aid drug manufacturing...how to build better "soft" robots. Those are just a few...

Quiz: Medical
How much do you know about medical robots, a market expected to reach $22.89 billion by 2030? Find out with this quiz.
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Technology & Society: Medical
This is a new process for the 3D printing of complete one-piece structurally sound prosthetic limbs.
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Briefs: Medical
A novel 3D printed prosthetic arm is more comfortable, flexible, and cheaper than a conventional prosthesis.
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Special Reports: Robotics, Automation & Control
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Medical Robotics - November 2022

"Millirobots" swimming in your bloodstream...soft robots you can print on demand...cobots hard at work in the test lab. Read about these and other innovative technologies in this compendium of recent articles...

INSIDER: Medical

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering are creating patient-specific 3D-printed smart metamaterial implants that double as sensors to monitor spinal healing.

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INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Two robotic arms — a fork in one hand, a knife in the other — flank a seated man, who sits in front of a table, with a piece of cake on a...

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