The Da Vinci surgical robot created by Intuitive Surgical is a 1.3M $ surgical robot that can conduct complex non invasive operations. This robot is incredibly precise and dexterous as you can see in the video below as it operates on humans and test dummies. We know that surgical interventions are a serious matter, but […]
After defeating Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings at Jeopardy!, Watson, the robot by IMB, went on to become a physicians helper. What would be the most suitable job for a robot that can quickly search trough an immense database and find the answer to a question? We do not know. But diagnosing illness and effectively becoming a physicians helper is certainly a good […]
A paper presented by a group of computer engineers from Vanderbilt University at the Humanoids Conference in Nashville describes how robots can be used to diagnose and treat emergency room patients. While human would still take care of the most serious patients, the robots will be able to diagnose and sometimes even treat the other patients. For now, the TriageBot will simply […]
Panasonic has a new robot dedicated to washing human heads. The idea is to use this robot in hospitals and with the elders. The robot is able to scan the head to be washed and plan the most optimal way to wash it. The video below shows more details on the robot and the washing process. Via BotJunkie.
The Octomag, a giant but friendly electromagnets arrangement, is able to control a very small surgery robot with 5 DoF (degrees of freedom) in free space. This means that the tiny robot can be moved and rotated in free space in every possible way. It is capable of passing trough a needle and could be injected into a human eyeball, for instance, and operate completely untethered. The tiny robot can be controlled in […]
Rex Bionics, a New Zealand company has developed a set of robotic legs that enables paraplegics to walk again. With the Rex robotic exoskeleton paraplegic can walk on hard surfaces, turn, go up the starts and more…for a 150 000 $ price-tag. Although the concept is interesting, the kiwis will need to drop the price a little (or preferably a lot) and […]
Georgia Tech has been developing a Lizard Robot that can bury itself under the sand (or a sand analogue) and navigate its way into hard to reach places. Very much like a sandfish, the robot is covered by a smooth skin (made out of sexy spandex) and can freely move its (aluminium) body segments in order to bury itself deep under the sand. Unlike […]
Robot Rodem is a new type of robotic mobile vehicle like a Segway because it can be controlled via body movements. It is mainly intended for people with disabilities and those elderly who are frail. But, it can also be used as an indoor vehicle for anyone. Rodem is steered either with a joystick or […]