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The tentacle 'bot
Researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and Beihang University have developed an octopus-inspired soft robotic arm that can grip, move, and manipulate a wide range of objects. Its flexible, tapered design, complete with suction cups, gives the gripper a firm grasp on objects of all shapes, sizes and textures -- from eggs to iPhones to large exercise balls. (2020-02-27)

Prostate surgery patients may have unrealistic expectations concerning their recovery
Patients who have undergone radical prostatectomy often have largely unrealistic expectations with regard to their postoperative sexual function, new research shows. (2016-01-04)

Robo-op marks new world first for heart procedure
The world's first remote heart procedure, using a robotic arm alongside 3-D mapping, is due to take place at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester. (2010-11-15)

Researchers use lab cultures to create robotic 'semi-living artist'
Working from their university labs in two different corners of the world, U.S. and Australian researchers have created what they call a new class of creative beings, (2003-07-08)

Johns Hopkins scientist programs robot for 'soft tissue' surgery
A research team shows that a robot can adjust to the subtle movement and deformation of soft tissue to execute precise and consistent suturing during surgery. (2016-05-04)

To perform with less effort, practice beyond perfection
Whether you are an athlete, a musician or a stroke patient learning to walk again, practice can make perfect, but more practice may make you more efficient, according to a surprising new University of Colorado Boulder study. (2012-02-09)

Robot therapy can improve arm, shoulder mobility after stroke
Robotic-assisted rehabilitation therapy, combined with standard rehabilitation, can improve upper extremity mobility in stroke patients with paralysis on one side. Patients with severe paralysis were more likely to be aided by robotic therapy. (2011-02-10)

5-question survey may increase COPD diagnoses
A simple, five-question patient-administered survey (COPD-PS) may lead to increased diagnoses of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). (2012-10-22)

10 years later: Robotic surgery for prostate cancer
Ten years ago, the first robotic assisted surgery for prostate cancer in the United States took place at Henry Ford Hospital's Vattikuti Institute. Today, the majority prostate of cancer surgeries are done robotically. At Henry Ford alone, more than 6,000 procedures have been performed during the past decade. Next week, the international leaders in the field will meet at the world's largest medical robotic conference Jan. 13-16 at the Wynn Las Vegas. (2011-01-06)

Anonymous peer feedback through social networking helped residents improve their skills
Surgical residents who received anonymous feedback from their peers through a social networking site on their robotic surgery skills improved more than those who did not. (2014-06-17)

Type of treatment for prostate cancer affects quality of life
Quality of life after prostate cancer treatment varies by the type of treatment patients receive, a new study reveals. (2017-04-20)

New system proposed for logging physician experience in robotic surgeries
Loyola Medicine physicians have proposed a simple new system to improve the reporting of robotic surgeries performed by surgeons in training. The system, called RoboLog, was successfully piloted on 310 urologic robotic surgeries, according to a study published in the Journal of Surgical Education. (2017-09-26)

No more Iron Man: submarines now have soft, robotic arms
The human arm can perform a wide range of extremely delicate and coordinated movements. The robotic 'arms' on underwater research submarines, however, lack the finesse to reach and interact with soft-bodied sea creatures. A new system from the Wyss Institute and collaborators lets biologists intuitively control a modular, highly flexible soft robotic arm by wearing a glove equipped with wireless soft sensors. This system also could one day enable the creation of submarine-based research labs. (2018-10-03)

'Robotic Skins' turn everyday objects into robots
When you think of robotics, you likely think of something rigid, heavy, and built for a specific purpose. New 'Robotic Skins' technology developed by Yale researchers flips that notion on its head, allowing users to animate the inanimate and turn everyday objects into robots. (2018-09-19)

New research on the brain's backup motor systems could open door to novel stroke therapies
New research published in the Journal of Physiology could open the door to new therapies to improve the movement of arms and hands of stroke survivors. (2018-02-14)

Brain controls robot arm in monkey, University of Pittsburgh researcher reports at AAAS
Scientists have made significant strides to create a permanent artificial device that can restore deliberate mobility to patients with paralyzing injuries. The concept is that, through thought alone, a person could direct a robotic arm - a neural prosthesis - to reach and manipulate a desired object. (2005-02-17)

Spherical motor allows 3D movement for robots, other uses
Engineers at Johns Hopkins have invented a globe-shaped motor capable of rotating in any direction. The device, which uses electromagnets controlled by a computer, could give robotic arms greater flexibility and precision and might even allow the computer mouse to guide the hand of the computer user, instead of the reverse. (2001-01-11)

Robots offer key advantages in esophageal surgery
Robotics provide better visuals and allow lymph node removal with fewer incisions. (2017-08-11)

Springer debuts Journal of Robotic Surgery
Springer, one of the world's leading science, technology and medicine publishers, is launching the Journal of Robotic Surgery. This new journal will be the first to focus exclusively on emerging robotic applications in surgery, and is positioned to become the world's foremost clinical resource for robotic surgical education. Four issues will be published annually, starting January 2007. (2006-09-28)

Research lowers errors for using brain signals to control a robot arm
Brain-computer interfaces have seen a large influx of research in an effort to allow precise and accurate control of physical systems. By measuring brain signals and implementing a clever feedback scheme, researchers from India and the UK have reduced the positional error in brain-controlled robot arms by a factor of 10, paving the way to greatly enhancing the quality of life for people suffering from strokes and neuro-muscular disorders. (2020-10-28)

Enhanced brain-machine interface taps into additional senses
Monkeys moved thought-controlled computer cursors more quickly and accurately when provided with additional sensory feedback, according to a new study in the Dec. 15 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience While most brain-machine technologies rely only on visual feedback, this study demonstrated that these systems can be improved when users have additional input, such as a sense of the arm's position and motion, a sensation known as proprioception. (2010-12-14)

Brain measurements could lead to better devices to move injured or artificial limbs
Neuroscientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have developed a novel approach for measuring and deciphering brain activity that holds out promise of providing improved movements of natural or artificial limbs by those who have been injured or paralyzed. (2007-10-18)

Human Factors researchers improve performance with robotic systems on the ISS
Software for a robotic extension of existing NASA technology for remote operations on the International Space Station has been shown to improve astronauts' performance on high-precision tasks. Using graphical overlay information, researchers were able to achieve significant results in efficiency and accuracy. The new technology can be added to existing flight hardware. (2007-10-11)

Bioengineer receives $2.9 million grant to improve brain implants
Less than two years ago, a brain-computer interface designed at the University of Pittsburgh allowed Jan Scheuermann to control a robotic arm solely with her thoughts. Using the arm to bring a chocolate bar to her mouth and taking a bite was a sweet victory for Scheuermann, who has quadriplegia. (2014-06-18)

Prosthetic arm acts like a real limb
A new technique -- targeted muscle reinnervation -- that allows a neuro-controlled prosthetic arm to move as if it is a real limb, is reported in an article in this week's issue of the Lancet. (2007-02-01)

Robotic ultrasound gives surgeon more direct control in mapping and removing kidney cancers
While the use of ultrasound to identify tumors during kidney cancer surgery is gaining acceptance, a research team at Henry Ford Hospital has successfully taken it a step further by showing an added benefit when the procedure is done robotically. (2013-07-09)

'Seeing' the other side of our galaxy
Astronomers have successfully traced a spiral arm on the far side of our Galaxy, an accomplishment that provides new insights into the structure of the Milky Way. (2017-10-12)

Artificial intelligence controls robotic arm to pack boxes and cut costs
Rutgers computer scientists used artificial intelligence to control a robotic arm that provides a more efficient way to pack boxes, saving businesses time and money. (2019-06-27)

Conservative surgery not inferior to nephrectomy
The latest results from the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer 30904 study were presented in a plenary session today at the Anniversary EAU Congress, which showed that conservative surgery is not inferior to radical renal surgery or nephrectomy. (2010-04-17)

New surgery improves head and neck cancer treatment
Latest robotics surgery trend has made its debut in the ear, nose and throat specialty, where cancer and otolaryngology surgeons say the like the improved accuracy. Patients benefit from reduced post-op pain and shorter recoveries, say researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Adaptations to the robot procedure are needed for head & neck cases. (2008-04-29)

Using robotic assistance to make colonoscopy kinder and easier
Scientists have made a breakthrough in their work to develop semi-autonomous colonoscopy, using a robot to guide a medical device into the body. The milestone brings closer the prospect of an intelligent robotic system being able to guide instruments to precise locations in the body to take biopsies or allow internal tissues to be examined. (2020-10-12)

Increased mobility thanks to robotic rehab
After a stroke, patients often struggle with persistent paresis. ETH researchers examined whether robot-assisted therapy can help stroke patients. This form of therapy proved successful particularly with the most severely affected persons with arm paresis. (2014-01-16)

Monkeys adapt robot arm as their own
Monkeys that learn to use their brain signals to control a robotic arm are not just learning to manipulate an external device, Duke University Medical Center neurobiologists have found. Rather, their brain structures are adapting to treat the arm as if it were their own appendage. (2005-05-10)

'Lying' gets space-age results
A well-calculated fib is proving highly useful when it comes to robots in space and could reduce the amount of time and effort needed to complete tasks during space missions, a U of T engineer has discovered. (2000-05-28)

Radiation-armed robot rapidly destroys human lung tumors
Super-intense radiation delivered by a robotic arm eradicated lung tumors in some human patients just 3-4 months after treatment, medical physicist Cihat Ozhasoglu, Ph.D., of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (, will report in early August at the 48th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine in Orlando. (2006-07-25)

Robotic approach to urothelial cancer of the kidney proves to be beneficial for patients
Robotic trained surgeons at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia presented a new and novel approach to surgically treat urothelial cancer (in the lining of the bladder or kidney) today at the American Urological Association's Annual Meeting. Using da Vinci robot-assisted technology, urologic cancer surgeons perform complicated urologic cases using minimally invasive surgery. (2009-04-26)

MIT robotic therapy holds promise for cerebral palsy
Over the past few years, MIT engineers have successfully tested robotic devices to help stroke patients learn to control their arms and legs. Now, they're building on that work to help children with cerebral palsy. (2009-05-20)

Psychologist poses new hand-eye relationship
Psychologists at Washington University in St. Louis, led by Richard A. Abrams, Ph.D., professor of psychology, have shown that to see objects better, you should take the matter into your own hands. They have demonstrated that humans more thoroughly inspect objects when their hands are near the object rather than farther away from it. Humans have to analyze objects near their hands to figure out how to handle the objects or to protect against them. (2008-07-11)

A 'check engine' light for the human body?
Imagine a sensor implanted in your body that signals when you're getting sick -- almost like the (2011-03-16)

Robot arm tastes with engineered bacteria
A robotic gripping arm that uses engineered bacteria to 'taste' for a specific chemical has been developed by engineers at UC Davis and Carnegie Mellon University. The gripper is a proof-of-concept for biologically-based soft robotics. (2019-06-26)

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