ReWalk Robotics aims for 2018 release for Restore softsuit robotic exoskeleton

ReWalk Robotics said today it completed all internal processes related to its Restore robotic rehabilitation softsuit exoskeleton and is ready to initiate clinical trials of the device in 2018, with hopes for a commercial launch in the same year. The Restore softsuit is designed to transmit power to key joints in the legs with cable…

TransEnterix wins FDA nod for Senhance robot-assisted surgery platform

TransEnterix (NYSE:TRXC) said last week that it won 510(k) clearance from the FDA for its Senhance robot-assisted surgery platform. TransEnterix, which acquired Senhance for $100 million in September 2015, finalized its clerarance bid last month after applying in April.  “The clearance of the Senhance system in the U.S. is a milestone in the progress of robotics and is…

Synaptive adds digital microscopy to BrightMatter robot-assisted surgery platform

Medtech company Synaptive Medical said this week it released the Modus V, a 2nd-gen digital microscope and robotic arm designed to work with its BrightMatter robot-assisted surgical platform. The Toronto-based company said the Modus V includes advanced instrument tracking and automatic focus to enable greater surgical efficiency and hands-free control. “This product release marks a…

Omron’s ping-pong bot wants to soften the robot-human interaction

Japanese robotics company Omron has developed a robotic ping-pong system that looks to approach the human-robot interaction on a gentler level, according to a report from The Verge. The Forpheus robot, in its 4th generation, was recently shown at the CEATAC trade show with updates that include a companion arm to serve balls in the…

MIT researchers develop VR teleoperation robot control system

Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed a virtual-reality system to allow remote operation of complex robotic machinery through the use of an Oculus Rift headset, according to a report from MIT. The platform functions around a VR control room that allows the operator to control the robot by taking the…

Robotic hair transplant dev Restoration Robotics raises $25m in IPO

Robotic hair restoration company Restoration Robotics raised $25 million in an initial public offering and saw its shares rise nearly 40% after its debut, according to a Silicone Valley Business Journal report. The 91-person company, co-founded by surgical robotics pioneer Fred Moll, sold 3.6 million shares at $7 each, then proceeded to open at $8.55…

October 2017 Digital Issue: Using a dedicated pulse control + more

In this issue: 50 Using a dedicated pulse control LSI vs. a CPU for motion control 58 Servomotor couplings: Stiffness, damping, hunting, and stabilization considerations 80 How valve technology improves operator control of telehandler booms 90 Key tips on proper bearing selection     Three tech disruptions for the future Kevin Surace of Appvance spoke

September 2017 Digital Issue: Plastic bearings step up to the plate + more

In this issue: 82 Plastic bearings step up to the plate 66 Hybrid servos vs. standard servos: how do they stack up? 88 The IoT and motion control fuels a rising tide of Rapsberry PI, BeagleBoard an Arduino Boards 96 How IIoT enhances management tools     Another look at reshoring Politicians’ claims to the

Intuitive Surgical can’t slip shareholder suit

Intuitive Surgical (NSDQ:ISRG) wasn’t able to dodge a proposed class action suit against it claiming it misrepresented the safety of its robotic surgical equipment and caused stock price to drop after a California federal judge kept the motion alive late last month. US District Judge Edward Davila said that investors in the case had sufficiently plead…

Mazor Robotics ticks up on Q3 prelims

Mazor Robotics (NSDQ:MZOR) shares ticked up today after the Israeli robot-assisted surgery company reported its preliminary sales numbers for the third quarter. Caesarea, Israel-based Mazor, which last month closed a third, $40 million tranche as part of its deal with Medtronic (NYSE:MDT), said it expects to post sales of $17.2 million for the 3 months ended…

TransEnterix escapes shareholders lawsuit

TransEnterix (NYSE:TRXC) last week won the dismissal of a shareholders lawsuit brought over the collapse of its SurgiBot program, with a federal judge ruling that the company and its management and investors didn’t mislead shareholders about the robot-assisted surgery platform’s prospects with the FDA. The case dates back to the spring of 2016, when Research Triangle Park,…

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Problem Solving with CompactRIO Hardware

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Googly-eyed educational robot launches own Kickstarter

The six-legged educational robot Vorpal Combat Hexapod from Vorpal Robotics used one of its appendages to launch its own Kickstarter campaign. “We gave the honor to the oldest surviving prototype hexapod,” founder and product developer Steve Pendergrast said in a press release. “Its name is Scrum. Every Vorpal Combat Hexapod has an individual name.” The campaign…

New synthetic muscle step forward for soft robotics

A research team from Columbia Engineering’s Creative Machines lab developed a synthetic soft muscle that has a strain density 15 times larger than natural muscle and can lift 1,000 times its own weight that could propel soft robotics creation forward. According to the study “Soft Material for Soft Actuators” published in Nature Communications, the material…

ABB Ltd. to double China robotics production

ABB Ltd. is set to double its robot production capacity in China by increasing the number of research employees in the country, according to CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer. The decision comes as ABB is jockeying with competing robotics companies Kuka AG and Fanuc for share in China’s $11 billion robotics industry. “ABB is ahead of Kuka…

Creaform launches its new Go!SCAN 3D + VXmodel solution for under 20K USD

Creaform, a worldwide leader in portable 3D measurement solutions and engineering services, announced a new, limited time only promotional offer for its white-light professional-grade 3D scanners, the Go!SCAN 3D, for under 20K USD. The special offer also includes the scan-to-CAD software, VXmodel. 3D scanning has proven to speed up product development, improve quality and lower […]

Mind-melding robots merge to work together

These mind-melding robots can work autonomously, merge to operate as one and even self-heal by replacing malfunctioning pieces. Researchers at Université libre de Bruxelles developed this series of small robots that are controlled by a single brain and mergeable nervous system. In a study published in Nature Communications, researchers explained how the system consists of a…

Reactive Robotics receives second round funding

Munich-based company Reactive Robotics GmbH secured a second seven-digit funding round to continue its work in rehabilitation robotics development. Investors included new lead investor Dr. Doll Holding GmbH and existing investors MTIP MedTech Innovation Partners AG, High-Tech Gründerfonds, Bayern Kapital and TQ-Group. Reactive Robotics intends to use the funds to further market entry in Germany…

Investors merge firms, raise fund to support AI

Investors Jennifer Gill Roberts and Kelly Coyne are merging their respective companies, seed-stage investment firm Grit Labs and go-to-market firm Pitch, under the name Grit Labs to invest in and guide companies performing research in artificial intelligence and robotics. They have also created a $30 million fund to focus on B2B robotics powered by AI…

DOT updates driverless vehicle guidelines

This week, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced updated safety guidelines for driverless vehicles while visiting a testing facility in Ann Arbor, Mich. The new document outlining the guidelines, Automated Driving Systems (ADS): Vision for Safety 2.0, is published on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website and shares industry best practices and voluntary safety assessments companies…

Johns Hopkins researchers set medical drone delivery record

With a 3-hour, 161-mile flight across the Arizona desert, researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine completed a record-distance medical drone delivery. During the flight, the drone’s payload system maintained the temperature of the human blood samples stored in a temperature-controlled chamber onboard, keeping them viable for lab analysis, according to the findings…

Researchers complete automated crop plant and harvest

A team from Harper Adams University and agricultural solutions company Precision Decisions successfully planted, tended and harvested a crop of barley using only autonomous machines, a project they called Hands Free Hectare. “This project aimed to prove that there’s no technological reason why a field can’t be farmed without humans working the land directly now…

Study: artificial ‘skin’ could improve robot sensing

Researchers have found a material that can mimic human skin and improve robots’ sensing capabilities. Usually rigid semiconductor materials that create robots’ circuits limit the machines’ movement or sensing, either because they are not flexible or don’t permit electrons to flow efficiently. But the rubber electronics and sensors tested by a University of Houston team…

Corindus launches post-approval study for CorPath GRX coronary system

Corindus Vascular Robotics announced the first patient enrollment in a post-market study of its second-generation CorPath GRX System, a robot-assisted system for percutaneous coronary interventions such as stenting. “Enrollment of the first patient in the Precision GRX registry is a major milestone for the company and we look forward to the participation of leading centers…