Human 2.0: Exoskeletons and Orthoses, with Hugh Herr

In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews Hugh Herr, Director of the Biomechatronics Group at MIT. Herr talks about the accident that led to the amputation of both of his legs below the knee and how th...
20 August 2016, by

Artificial intelligence could transform healthcare, but we need to accept it first

Scientists in Japan reportedly saved a woman’s life by applying artificial intelligence to help them diagnose a rare form of cancer. Faced with a 60-year-old woman whose cancer diagnosis was unrespo...
19 August 2016, by

Living with a prosthesis that learns: A case-study in translational medicine

Picture the scene: one day you wake up in a hospital with no memory of what happened and you discover in horror that your left hand is no longer there. The doctors say you’ve been in a car accident ...

Survey: Evaluate ethics of health related privacy with care robots

Future Socially Assistive Robots (SARs) should be safe, but patients also have a right to privacy, liberty and social contact. The survey investigates, in a hypothetical scenario, how Annie's SAR s...
12 August 2016, by and

As Intuitive Surgical continues to shine, competitors are entering the fray

Robotic surgery has long been dominated by Intuitive Surgical which has placed more than 3,600 of its da Vinci machines in hospitals around the world. Nevertheless, an increasing number of new player...
05 August 2016, by

Microswimmer robot chains can decouple and reconnect in magnetic field

Drexel University researchers, led by MinJun Kim, PhD, a professor in the College of Engineering, have successfully pulled off a feat that both sci-fi fans and Michael Phelps could appreciate. Using a...
02 August 2016, by

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MIT robot helps nurses schedule tasks on labor floor

Robot from Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab suggests where to move patients and who should do C-sections....
11 July 2016, by

Robots can help reduce 35% of work days lost to injury

What's the biggest benefit for using collaborative robots? It's not better efficiency. It's not the extra hours the robot can work in a shift. It's not even having improved consistency across your pr...
27 May 2016, by and

Developing cost-effective, capable, surgical robots with a sense of “touch”

This article was first published on IEC e-tech. Robotic‑assisted surgery involves a surgeon using a computer‑assisted electro‑mechanical device to carry out complex and technically demanding...
24 May 2016, by

Nature inspires new generation of robot brains

by Rex Merrifield Animals have evolved sophisticated ways of processing sensory data to make sense of their surroundings. Now, robotics researchers are drawing inspiration from biological processes...
11 May 2016, by

Octopus points to the future for keyhole surgery

by Rex Merrifield Keyhole, or minimally invasive, surgery can offer many benefits over more traditional, open operations, including reduced risk of infections, quicker recovery times and less scarrin...
02 May 2016, by

Indego joins Ekso with FDA exoskeleton approvals

Indego is the result of 10 years of development by engineers at Vanderbilt University, funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. In 2012 it was licensed to Parker Hann...
14 March 2016, by

SRI International behind new robotic technology for Verb Surgical

SRI Robotics has long been known for advancing robotics and delivering new technology platforms to the market. Last week they introduced another transformational robotic technology being brought to ...
14 December 2015, by

The state of telepresence: Healthcare and telemedicine

Telemedicine is a rapidly growing field and, with the aid of telepresence robots, is quickly gaining traction in hospitals and homes around the world....
20 November 2015, by

Blue Belt Technologies acquired by Smith & Nephew for $275 million

Smith & Nephew, a global medical tech conglomerate that is expanding into robotics-assisted surgeries, announced that they are paying $275 million to acquire Pittsburgh startup Blue Belt Technolog...
03 November 2015, by

Healthcare robotics for therapy, with Ayanna Howard

In this short video lecture, Ayanna M. Howard, Motorola Foundation Professor and Associate Director of Research at the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (Georgia Institute of Technology...

Teaching a brain-controlled robotic prosthetic to learn from its mistakes

Brain-Machine Interfaces (BMIs) -- where brain waves captured by electrodes on the skin are used to control external devices such as a robotic prosthetic -- are a promising tool for helping people w...
01 October 2015, by

Vecna’s Daniel Theobald: Setting standards for robots

Vecna’s robotic logistics solutions are a family of autonomous mobile robots, built to operate within human-centric environments such as hospitals. In this in-depth interview, Daniel Theobald, the ...
22 September 2015, by

Clinical trials begin for Russia’s first medical exoskeleton

Clinical trials of Russia’s first medical exoskeleton have begun in a Moscow hospital, marking the latest step in the Skolkovo-backed innovation’s battle to reach the market....
13 August 2015, by

Beyond safety: Is robotic surgery sustainable?

This week, the “144” study on adverse events in robotic surgery made the rounds in media outlets such as the BBC, NBC and the MIT Tech review. An impressive group of researchers found that between...
29 July 2015, by

WeRobot 2015 Panel 4: Regulating healthcare robots, with Drew Simshaw, Nicolas Terry, Kris Hauser and M.L. Cumming

Basic, pressing issues need to be addressed very soon to ensure that robots are developed that promote confidence among providers, patients, consumers, and investors. In this We Robot 2015 panel, t...

Surgical device maker Transenterix raises $50 million from IPO

Transenterix raised $50 million from an IPO and market switch that transferred their stock from the over-the-counter market to the special small-cap MKT Exchange on the NYSE....
16 June 2015, by

Intuitive Surgical offers funding for technology research: Deadline June 5

Intuitive Surgical offers funding for technology research grants for projects in 2016. Researchers at non-profit institutions world wide can apply. LOIs can be submitted until June 5....
28 May 2015, by

Kubi telemedicine device gets HIPAA clearance for streaming medical data

Revolve Robotics and Swymed have collaborated to create a HIPAA compliant telepresence device called Kubi that can stream medical data. This compliance is a big deal: no longer do MDs have to rel...
20 May 2015, by



Supernumerary Limbs, with Federico Parietti

In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews Federico Parietti, a PhD candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, about his research on supernumerary robotic limbs that can be used in manufact...
15 May 2015, by

Talking Machines: Developing effective medicine by predicting molecular activity, with George Dahl

In episode nine we talk with George Dahl, of  the University of Toronto, about his work on the Merck molecular activity challenge on kaggle and speech recognition. George recently successfully defend...
24 April 2015, by

How robots can help build better doctors

A young doctor leans over a patient who has been in a serious car accident and invariably must be experiencing pain. The doctor's trauma team examines the patient's pelvis and rolls her onto her side ...

OpenBionics prosthetic hands: Open source, affordable, lightweight, anthropomorphic

OpenΒionics is an open-source initiative for the development of affordable, light-weight, modular robot hands and prosthetic devices, and can be easily reproduced using off-the-shelf materials....

Intuitive Surgical da Vinci Surgical System gets big endorsement and new competition

UPDATED 3/29/15 For over two years, Intuitive Surgical has been sued, tried, analyzed and criticized about the efficacy of their da Vinci surgical robots. But they have continued to thrive, grow and ...
23 March 2015, by



Speech-Based Emotion Recognition, with Christina Brester

In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews Christina Brester, from the Siberian State Aerospace University, about her research on a method to identify emotional state from speech. This method performs sp...
20 March 2015, by

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