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Your retirement may include a robot helper

Youngsters aren’t the only ones who get the latest high-tech gadgets. Sometime in the next decade or two, homebound retirees could be early adopters of an important new technology: the home-help robot.

As robots become safer, smarter, and more capable,… Read more →

HDM introduces new Z1 Auto CPAP that customizes therapy by monitoring pressure requirements

On Friday, December 12, 2014 Human Design Medical, LLC (HDM) announced its Z1 Auto™ CPAP, which makes a quantum leap forward in CPAP therapy. The new Z1 Auto customizes therapy for each individual by monitoring pressure requirements thousands of times… Read more →

New ‘electronic skin’ for prosthetics, robotics

Touch can be a subtle sense, but it communicates quickly whether something in our hands is slipping, for example, so we can tighten our grip. For the first time, scientists report the development of a stretchable “electronic skin” closely modeled… Read more →

NIH funds robots to assist people with disabilities

New research in robotics might help with stroke rehabilitation, guide wheelchairs, and assist children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Projects investigating co-robotics are the focus of new funding from the National Institutes of Health.

This is the third year NIH has… Read more →

Monash Vision Group moves a step closer to Bionic Eye clinical trials

The Monash Vision Group (MVG) moves a step closer to clinical trials of its Bionic Eye, thanks to landmark donations from two respected business leaders.

Dr Marc Besen and Monash University Chancellor Alan Finkel have each donated $1 million to… Read more →

Engineer applies robot control theory to improve prosthetic legs

A Univ. of Texas at Dallas professor applied robot control theory to enable powered prosthetics to dynamically respond to the wearer’s environment and help amputees walk.

In research available online in IEEE Transactions on Robotics, wearers of the robotic leg… Read more →

Talking 3D maps help blind navigate around

It can be hard to read a map if you’re blind, so a team of researchers from the University of Buffalo and Touch Graphics, Inc. (NY, NY) have developed special 3D maps that are specifically designed to be used by… Read more →

Cheetah Robot

MIT engineers have high hopes for cheetah robot

It’s a robot unlike any other: inspired by the world’s fastest land animal, controlled by video game technology and packing nifty sensors – including one used to maneuver drones, satellites and ballistic missiles.

The robot, called the cheetah, can run… Read more →

Holiday gift ideas for people with disabilities

As baby boomers enter their senior years, more and more entrepreneurs are coming around to the fact that there is a large, lucrative market for products that make living with a physical disability or chronic illness a little easier.  Here’s… Read more →


Students Build Sonar Powered Watch to Help Blind People Get Around

Though bats are almost blind, they get around just fine thanks to their amazing ability to utilize echolocation. Naturally, it would seem that sonar can help blind people navigate their environment as well, so a team of students at Wake… Read more →

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