Richard Van As, a master carpenter from Johannesburg, South Africa, decided to make a set of mechanical fingers. He’d lost four of the fingers on his right hand in an unfortunate work accident. As a tradesman, having a disabled hand is a big professional detriment, so he decided that he would use the tools available […]
Nigel Ackland had the misfortune of losing his hand in an accident. He is now the proud owner (and tester) of a BeBionic3 robot hand. This bionic prosthesis senses the electrical activity in his arm muscles and activates gripping or wrist rotating actions accordingly, allowing the user to move the hand “naturally”. As the video below illustrates, this hand […]
iRobot already has robots for the home, the military and even for undersea exploration. In 2009, iRobot launched “iRobot Healthcare”, but until now we have not heard much from that division. Now, with the release of RP-VITA (based on iRobot’s AVA platform), iRobot is making its way into hospitals and once again, potentially saving many […]
Researchers from the Vere project are using an fMRI machine to “read” thoughts from a human user and use those signals to control the motion of a small humanoid robot as demonstrated in the video below. This project is very interesting because the use of an fMRI machine (which monitors mental activity by reading the blood flow inside the […]
The BrainGate2 technology allowed a tetraplegic (or quadriplegic) woman to control a robotic arm using her brain as shown in the video below. This technology uses a brain implant that broadcasts the neurons’ signals to a computer interface and although the prospect of poking electrodes into your brain is not appealing to everyone, this could […]
The recently released Deus Ex: Human Revolution video game is raising some very interesting questions regarding Cyborgs, bionic implants (or augmentations as they are referred to in the game). The documentary below explores the similarities between the fictitious augmentations and the current state of the art in bionic technology. Not only does this 12 minutes documentary feature some of the most advanced cyborgs out there, it is presented by a […]
What happens when a 14 year old Formula 1 enthusiast emails Mercedes-Benz asking for a contribution for a new 58 000 $ bionic arm? If Matthew James (from Woking , UK) serves as a reference: he gets it. Matthew was born missing part of his left arm and hand and is now the owner of a very advanced “iLimb” […]
PR2 from Willow Garage is now able to help people with disabilities to perform everyday tasks such as manipulating objects shaving and more. The video below illustrates the scope and the results of the Robots for Humanity project that Willow Garage, the Healthcare Robotics Lab at Georgia Tech, and Henry and Jane Evans are pioneering. Via Willow Garage.