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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

"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.

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.

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.

Prosthetics: Artificial pieces of brain communicate with real neurons

Prosthetics: Artificial pieces of brain communicate with real neurons

Researchers have developed a system for integrating artificial chip-based 'neurons' with real neurons using QR-code-like patterns of light to facilitate communication.

A GPS-like system for flexible medical robots

A GPS-like system for flexible medical robots

Roboticists at the University of California San Diego have developed an affordable, easy to use system to track the location of flexible surgical robots inside the human body.

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