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.

A robotic COVID-19 testing lab

A robotic COVID-19 testing lab

Scientists are creating from scratch a diagnostic lab with the capability to process more than 1,000 patient samples per day.

Robots uncover connections between mind and walking control

Robots uncover connections between mind and walking control

Researchers used robots to study how our brains adjust to changes in our walking strides, gaining insights that could be used to develop better physical rehabilitation programs.

An ankle exoskeleton aids running

An ankle exoskeleton aids running

Researchers find that a motorized device that attaches around the ankle and foot can drastically reduce the energy cost of running.

Researchers are developing a ‘pandemic drone’ to detect coronavirus

Researchers are developing a ‘pandemic drone’ to detect coronavirus

A ‘pandemic drone’ to remotely monitor and detect people with infectious respiratory conditions is being developed.

Prostheses could alleviate amputees' phantom limb pain

Prostheses could alleviate amputees' phantom limb pain

New prosthetic technologies that stimulate the nerves could pave the way for prostheses that feel like a natural part of the body and reduce the phantom limb pain commonly endured by amputees.

Thai hospitals deploy 'ninja robots' to battle coronavirus

Thai hospitals deploy 'ninja robots' to battle coronavirus

Thai hospitals are deploying "ninja robots" to measure fevers and protect the health of overburdened medical workers on the frontlines of the outbreak.

Fighting hand tremors with AI and robots

Fighting hand tremors with AI and robots

Researchers have tapped AI techniques to build an algorithmic model that will make the robots more accurate, faster, and safer when battling hand tremors.

Bionic medicine: towards improved cochlear implants

Bionic medicine: towards improved cochlear implants

Researchers have developed a computer model which predicts the neuronal activation patterns that the cochlear implant creates in the auditory nerve fibers.

Robots on the march to walking like humans

Robots on the march to walking like humans

A psychological theory could kickstart improvements in the way robots are able to walk, thanks to a study at the University of Manchester.

An ultra-precise mind-controlled prosthetic

An ultra-precise mind-controlled prosthetic

Researchers have tapped faint, latent signals from arm nerves and amplified them to enable real-time, intuitive, finger-level control of a robotic hand.

Robot uses AI and imaging to draw blood

Robot uses AI and imaging to draw blood

Engineers have created a tabletop device that combines a robot, AI and near-infrared and ultrasound imaging to draw blood or insert catheters to deliver fluids and drugs.

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