Bionics & Robotics

The fields of robotics and bionics have witnessed several advancements in recent years. We cover the latest technology breakthroughs of surgical robotics, bionic hearing and vision, of smart prosthetics, of micro-robots that travel through bodily fluids to deliver medication exactly to where it’s needed and the development of exoskeletons that help paralyzed people to walk again.

First cochlear implants with lighting array

First cochlear implants with lighting array

Researchers combine for the first time gene therapy in the cochlea with optical cochlear implants to optogenetically activate the auditory pathway in gerbils.

Robotic textiles could enable new mechanotherapy

Robotic textiles could enable new mechanotherapy

A new smart fabric that can be inflated and deflated by temperature-dependent liquid-vapor phase changes could enable a range of medical therapeutics.

Surgeons successfully treat brain aneurysms using a robot

Surgeons successfully treat brain aneurysms using a robot

Using a robot to treat brain aneurysms is feasible and could allow for improved precision when placing stents, coils and other devices.

9 disinfection robots fighting the coronavirus

9 disinfection robots fighting the coronavirus

Surfaces contaminated with SARS-CoV-2 pose a grave threat to the safety of staff and patients. To minimize the risks for their staff, hospitals are utilizing disinfection robots to sanitize surfaces.

Robot swabs throats for COVID-19

Robot swabs throats for COVID-19

Researchers have developed the world’s first fully automatic robot capable of carrying out throat swabs for COVID-19.

Robots could help injured workers recover

Robots could help injured workers recover

Training robots to guide injured workers through simulated tasks could make return-to-work evaluations and treatment programs more effective and accessible, according to researchers at the University of Alberta.

Open-source robot makes sophisticated robotics available to all

Open-source robot makes sophisticated robotics available to all

Designed by a team at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering and an institute of the Max Planck Society, the four-legged, dog-sized, torque-controlled Solo 8 robot can easily be replicated by research labs around the world.

Biohybrid model recreates respiration mechanics

Biohybrid model recreates respiration mechanics

Using soft robotic materials, scientists created a high-fidelity respiratory simulator that represents the interplay between between the diaphragm, abdomen and lungs.

AI guides exoskeletons to match terrain

AI guides exoskeletons to match terrain

Researchers have developed new software that can be integrated with existing hardware to enable people using robotic prosthetics to walk in a safer, more natural manner on different types of terrain.

"Super Human Eye" works like a real one

"Super Human Eye" works like a real one

Researchers have crafted an artificial eye with capabilities close to its human model.

Microrobot rolls deep inside the body

Microrobot rolls deep inside the body

Scientists invented a tiny microrobot that resembles a white blood cell travelling through the circulatory system.

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