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Robotics, Automation & Control

Microfluidic-Based Soft Robotic Prosthetics

Scientists have developed a new type of prosthetic using microfluidics-enabled soft robotics that promises to greatly reduce skin ulcerations and pain in patients who have had an amputation...

R&D
Medical

Breath-Driven Concept Could Transform Prosthetics

Researchers have developed a hand prosthesis powered and controlled by the user’s breathing. The simple, lightweight device offers an alternative to Bowden cable-driven body-powered...

Briefs
Robotics, Automation & Control

Advanced Humanoid Robotic Hand Technologies

The R2 hand and forearm assembly is designed in a modular fashion, enabling rapid replacement of components and sub-assemblies.

NASA Spinoff
Photonics/Optics

Webb Telescope Mirror Tech Improves Eye Surgery on Earth

Eye surgery patients on Earth are benefiting from early research on the NASA’s James Webb Telescope’s enormous mirrors.

Technology Leaders
Sensors/Data Acquisition

Advanced Motor Technology Enables Medical Exoskeleton for Rehabilitation

The primary aim for Harmonic Bionics is to empower patients and care providers by designing intelligent technology that facilitated a data-driven treatment protocol...

Briefs
Robotics, Automation & Control

Bendable Robot Arm Guided by Augmented Reality

The highly customizable robotic arm can be twisted and turned in all directions.

NASA Spinoff
Robotics, Automation & Control

NASA’s Robotic Glove Finds its Fit

NASA’s grip-strengthening glove technology aims to reduce workplace stress injuries.

Briefs
Sensors/Data Acquisition

New Technology Offers Better Diagnosis of Dizziness

The vibrating device uses bone-conducted sounds to achieve better results.

R&D
Nanotechnology

Needle-Free Device Collects Blood Samples

A new technology offers a needle-free, painless and easy-to-use method for collecting blood samples.

R&D
Manufacturing & Prototyping

3D Printed Lightweight Knee Brace

Researchers have developed a lighter, yet more robust knee brace for the elderly who suffer from knee problems.

R&D
Robotics, Automation & Control

Robotic Hand Has Gecko-Inspired Grip

A new robotic hand grasps a wide variety of items, including raw eggs.

Briefs
Robotics, Automation & Control

Incorporating Computer Vision and Uncertainty into AI for Robotic Prosthetics

The software can be integrated with existing hardware to aid people using robotic prosthetics or exoskeletons.

Briefs
Robotics, Automation & Control

Smart Artificial Hand for Amputees

Neuroprosthetic technology combines robotic control with the user’s voluntary control.

Briefs
Robotics, Automation & Control

Robot Arms with Artificial Muscles are Lightweight and Flexible

These shape memory robotic arms eliminate the need for joints, rigid skeletons, or framework.

Briefs
Materials

Wearable Exosuit Lessens Back Muscle Fatigue

The suit can be controlled with a double tap to the chest or via an app.

R&D
Manufacturing & Prototyping

Wearable Head Scanner Allows Mobility During Brain Scans

Researchers have proposed a solution to both clearly visualize and accurately assess the brain via photoacoustic imaging.

Briefs
Wearables

3D Hand-Sensing Wristband

The technology has possible uses in monitoring disorders that affect fine motor skills such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

Briefs
Electronics & Computers

Device Detects Which Hand Gesture a Person Intends to Make

The device paves the way for better prosthetic control and seamless interaction with electronic devices.

Briefs
Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Liquid Metal Sensors and AI Help Prosthetic Hands “Feel”

The technology could improve the control of prosthetic hands and provide a sense of “touch” for amputees.

Briefs
Medical

Robotic Neck Brace Can Help Analyze the Impact of Cancer Treatment

The device could help guide recovery after treatment for head and neck cancer.

Briefs
Data Acquisition

Imitating Human Hands to Make Better Sensors

This work could help severely injured people, such as soldiers, regain the ability to control their movements.

Editorial
AR/AI

Autonomous Timeline: Following the Money

Acquisitions, mergers and outright departures from the sector serve as almost weekly reminders not just that significant consolidation of autonomous-vehicle (AV) development is underway. Right in...

Features
AR/AI

Automating Orthopedic Revision Planning

See how A.I.-based machine learning supports orthopedic revision surgeries.

Briefs
Sensors/Data Acquisition

Electronic Skin Sensor Decodes Human Motion

This system can track the motion of the entire body with a small sensory network.

Briefs
Wearables

Device Combines Biosensors and Artificial Intelligence to Recognize Hand Gestures

The device paves the way for better prosthetic control.

Briefs
Imaging

Autonomous HVAC System Measures Facial Temperature

The system turns faces into thermostats, providing more comfort with less energy.

News
Lighting

Illuminating New Roles for Vehicle Lighting

Vehicle lighting used to be about seeing and being seen, but Audi has much larger ambitions for automotive illumination. New LED and digital control technologies are moving the humble headlamp...

R&D
Medical

Small Brain Implant Helps Paralyzed Patients

A paper-clip-sized device has been shown to help patients with upper limb paralysis to text, e-mail, and even shop online in the first human trial.

Briefs
Data Acquisition

Upper Body Robotic Exoskeleton

This lightweight, portable garment is designed for active shoulder and elbow positioning.