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.

New law of physics helps robots grasp the friction of touch

New law of physics helps robots grasp the friction of touch

Researchers have discovered a new law of physics that accounts for that accounts for elastohydrodynamic lubrication (EHL) friction, which should advance a wide range of robotic technologies.

A Lego system for building robots

A Lego system for building robots

Scientists have developed a system with which they can fabricate miniature robots building block by building block, which function exactly as required.

Bioprinting: Skin and bones repaired during surgery

Bioprinting: Skin and bones repaired during surgery

Researchers have repaired traumatic injuries to the skin and bones in a rat model using bioprinting during surgery.

Bionics: better hearing with optical cochlear implants

Bionics: better hearing with optical cochlear implants

Scientists at The German Primate Center want to use genetic engineering methods to improve cochlear implants.

Ankle exoskeleton increase walking speed

Ankle exoskeleton increase walking speed

In lab tests, researchers found that an optimized ankle exoskeleton system increased participants’ walking speed by about 40 percent compared with their regular speed.

Robot guides surgical catheter precisely

Robot guides surgical catheter precisely

A researcher has designed a robotic surgical platform that steers surgical catheters through electromagnetic fields.

Artificial muscle technology for robotics

Artificial muscle technology for robotics

Mechanical engineers have developed a new high-performance artificial muscle technology that enables robots to motion more human-like.

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