Photo: The assistive robot is located in a small hall. The safety belt worn around the waist is clearly visible; Copyright: NTU Singapore

Researchers develop assistive robot to prevent falls and assist in physiotherapy


Researchers at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) have developed a wearable assistive robot that detects and prevents a fall before it happens. With the help of its built-in sensors, the robot immediately detects when the user loses balance and catches him with its safety belt, which is worn around the waist.
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Image: The textile-based energy harvesting shoe in a close-up; Copyright: Preston Innovation Lab/Rice University

Powering an 'arm' with air could be mighty handy


Mechanical engineers at Rice University's George R. Brown School of Engineering have built an additional limb that can grasp objects and move around. It is powered only by compressed air. This is one of several ideas they have implemented using a textile-based energy harvesting system.
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Photo: Woman wears the strength-enhancing glove and holds a cup in the same hand while talking to another person; Copyright: Bioservo Technologies AB

Bioservo signs an agreement for the sale of Carbonhand® with Rehasys in Switzerland


Bioservo Technologies AB has signed a distribution agreement with Rehabilitations Systeme AG for the sale of Carbonhand® in Switzerland. Rehasys will actively work with clinics and other healthcare providers to introduce the strength-enhancing glove for people with limited hand function called Carbonhand 2.0, in Switzerland.
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Photo: A person writes in a notebook with their bionic hand prosthesis; Copyright: University of the West of Scotland

Robotic sensors could help transform prosthetics


A pioneering project to develop advanced sensors for use in robotic systems, could transform prosthetics and robotic limbs. The research project aims to develop sensors which provide enhanced capabilities to robots, helping improve their dexterity and motor skills, through the use of accurate pressure sensors which provide haptic feedback and distributed touch.
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Image: A ginger and white Joy For All companion cat; Copyright: Joy for All Companion Pets/ Ageless Innovation

Using robotic pets in memory care


The University of Utah has developed a protocol for using robotic animals with older adults with dementia. Research has already held several sessions with people with cognitive impairment and found that the robotic animals do have an effect. With the introduction of Ageless Innovation's Joy For All Companion pets in 2015, widespread use of robotic pets as therapy "animals" seemed within reach.
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Photo: Mela Ikanovic and a ReWalker at the trade fair booth of ReWalk Robotics; Copyright: ReWalk Robotics

ReWalk Robotics

ReWalk Robotics: Optimal supply thanks to the latest robotic technology


Rehabilitation and robotics increasingly go hand in hand. That’s why it is crucial to ensure the quality of robotic rehabilitation at any level. How important is it for companies like ReWalk Robotics to have the support of health insurance companies? asked and also learned about the company’s future hopes for the industry.
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