Keyword: Assistive Robotics

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Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
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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Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Material transport workflows for production and assembly lines are time-consuming, non-value-adding tasks for most manufacturers. AMRs provide a simple, efficient, and cost-effective way to automate material handling and in-house transportation tasks in nearly any situation where employees would previously have been required to push carts around the facility.
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Special Reports: Robotics, Automation & Control
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Medical Manufacturing & Outsourcing - March 2024

Assembly technology for next-gen robot-assisted surgery…advancing medical device sustainability with new specialty thermoplastics…how to integrate IoT devices to improve safety in medical...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Justin Werfel, Senior Research Fellow in Robotics at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), is leading a team tasked with...

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Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Meet Air-Guardian: A system developed by researchers at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). As modern pilots grapple with an onslaught of information from multiple monitors, especially during critical moments, Air-Guardian acts as a proactive co-pilot; a partnership between human and machine, rooted in understanding attention.
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INSIDER: Medical

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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INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

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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Special Reports: Unmanned Systems
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Robotics - October 2023

Read about the latest advances in robots for space exploration, healthcare, manufacturing, and more in this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Tech Briefs, Medical Design Briefs, and Aerospace &...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Engineers at CU Boulder have designed a robot called CLARI, which stands for Compliant Legged Articulated Robotic Insect, that has the potential to aid first responders after major disasters in an entirely new way.
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INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have enabled robots to learn household chores by watching videos of people performing everyday tasks in their homes.

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Blog: Imaging
Engineers at the University of Waterloo have discovered a new way to program robots to help people with dementia locate objects they need but have lost.
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Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
“AurOrA” is a small autonomous vehicle, which in the future will move independently around fruit orchards and detect full fruit boxes, pick them up, and take them to a defined unloading point.
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Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Teaching Robots How to Predict Human Preferences in Assembly Tasks
USC Viterbi computer science researchers aim to teach robots how to predict human preferences in assembly tasks, so they can one day help out on everything from building a satellite to setting a table.
Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
A reliable and cost-effective sense of touch now lets robots handle fragile objects to fulfill an even wider variety of tasks and interact more safely with humans.
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Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
A team of MIT engineers is designing a kit of universal robotic parts that an astronaut could easily mix and match to rapidly configure different robot “species” to fit various lunar missions.
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Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The new robot, developed by engineers at the University of Waterloo, uses ultraviolet (UV) light and magnetic force to move on any surface, even up walls and across ceilings.
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Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The technology could be useful in manufacturing and assembly plants for sorting packages, or in any environment where humans and robots collaborate.
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Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The piezoelectric “meta-bot” is capable of propulsion, movement, sensing, and decision-making.
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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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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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Briefs: AR/AI
The robots will be challenged to carry out work too dangerous for humans.
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Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
A developer needs confidence that the compiler will not introduce errors into the design.
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Briefs: Medical
A team has installed electronic “brains” on solar-powered robots that are 100 to 250 micrometers in size so that they can walk autonomously.
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INSIDER: Motion Control

Electrostatic actuators are simple and lightweight devices that emulate human muscles. However, their usage has primarily been restricted to moving small devices since they...

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Articles: Medical
Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness, affecting 80 million patients globally including 3 million patients in the U.S.
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Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
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Quiz: Robotics, Automation & Control
How much do you know about humanoid robots?
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INSIDER: Medical

Mechanical engineers at Rice University’s George R. Brown School of Engineering have built a handy extra limb able to grasp objects and go, powered only...

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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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