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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Intelligent Chair with robot leg

Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd. has developed a leg-shaped robot that now has been applied to a seating application. Together with Okamura Corp., a leading manufacturer of office furniture, the two companies became first in the world to develop a concept model for seating using muscular mechanism. The concept model fits the body, in which the back and seat of the chair follow the movement of the user's body from seating and reclining through to standing.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Robot Report

THE ROBOT REPORT dot com is a new website dedicated to tracking the business of robotics. It is a resource for news and links to and about this growing industry:
· Service Robots for Governmental and Corporate Use
· Service Robots for Personal and Private Use
· Industrial Robots
· Ancillary Businesses
· Educational and Research Facilities
THE ROBOT REPORT dot com will be updated as often as there is news - and continually for the addition and maintenance of links.

Robothand i-LIMB Hand

Photo: Touch Bionics

Touch Bionics is a leading developer of advanced upper-limb prosthetics (ULP). One of the two products now commercially available from the company, the i-LIMB Hand, is a first-to-market prosthetic device with five individually powered digits. This replacement hand looks and acts like a real human hand and represents a generational advance in bionics and patient care.The Touch Bionics i-LIMB Hand was developed using leading-edge mechanical engineering techniques and is manufactured using high-strength plastics. The result is a next-generation prosthetic device that is lightweight, robust and highly appealing to both patients and healthcare professionals.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Stroke Survivors Walk Better With Human Help

Stroke survivors derive much more benefit from walking therapy when it's conducted by a physical therapist instead of a robotic device, report researchers at the University of Illinois in Chicago. The researchers suggest that the effectiveness of robotic devices may be best reserved for acute stroke patients who have no ability to walk on their own, while those who can walk independently -- even at very slow speeds -- may be better served by human-assisted therapy.

The research was fundet by The National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research and the Department of Education.

American Heart Association (2008, May 11). Stroke Survivors Walk Better After Human-assisted Rehabilitation. ScienceDaily. Retrieved November 13, 2008, from­ /releases/2008/05/080508164414

Monday, November 10, 2008

Telepaediatric Robot

eHealth, telemedicine, telecare, telehealth are new terms describing different aspects of ICT applications in healthcare. Today there are many users groups with different backgrounds and special needs involved in the development and use of ICT solutions for healthcare, prevention and wellness. eHealth is an interdisciplinary field in the intersection of a number of different competences as e.g. medicine and caring sciences, medical informatics and engineering, psychology, social sciences, economics, ethics and law. Telehealth is about delivery of health services at a distance, using a range of communication techniques, such as email, videoconferencing and the Internet. Telecare is about delivery of health services to patients in their own home including electronic monitoring and supervision of patients.

One of the leading eHealth Centres in the world is The Centre for Online Health at the University of Queensland. COH is one of very few research and teaching centres in the world which focus on the evaluation of telehealth for the delivery of health services. Specific areas of expertise include telepaediatrics, teledermatology, and tele-homecare. Current areas of interest include ENT, home palliative care, neurology, retinal screening, automatic email message handling and tele-geriatrics.

The COH has developed a telemedicine system which is mobile and wireless, allowing the unit to be easily transported directly to the bedside of patients when a specialist consultation is required. To suit the context of this application (i.e. paediatrics) the mobile units have been built in the shape of an telepaediatric robot. The robot provides general paediatric support for hospitals without a local paediatrician and/or sub-specialist paediatric support and professional education and support for regional clinicians.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Robot assisted walking for workers and elderly

The need for assisting technology is expected to grow in Japan, which has one of the most rapidly aging societies in the world. Three japanese companies are leading the development of robot assisted walkers, Honda, Toyota and Cyberdyne.

Ambient Assisted Living: Robot assisted walking for workers and elderly

Telerobotic Shopping

A prototype of the telerobotic shopper based on a TMSUK-4 humanoid robot was demonstrated on July 10 at the Izutsuya department store in the city of Kitakyushu, Japan. The remote-control robot was demonstraded by an unwell grandmother unable to go shopping with her granddaughter sent the robot in her place. Using an NTT DoCoMo video-capable cellphone, the grandmother was able to control the robot and enjoy the shopping experience through the robot’s camera eyes. The woman maneuvered the robot to the hat section, eyed what was available on the shelf, and had her granddaughter model a few for her before deciding which one to purchase. According to tmsuk, this innovative type of “3D communications” technology brings us a step closer to a future in which telerobotic shoppers roam the fashionable areas of cities like New York or London.

Robotic Telepresence in TV studio

Natural Partners Inc., one of the largest distributors of Professional Only Natural Health Supplements in the West Coast, and producers of the "Well Rounded" and the "Well Well Well" television series, has begun using robotic telepresence on its Well Well Well TV Show which will enable easier access for Doctors and other Medical Professionals to participate in the TV show without having to travel to NPI's Scottsdale studios. Through the use of RoboDynamics' robot TiLR, guests on the show will be able to participate remotely from their homes and offices through the use of a computer and broadband connection - and will no longer need to travel to Scottsdale in order to participate on the show. When TiLR is not in the NPI studios, it will assist the warehouse operations staff of NPI, enabling rapid face to face communications with various suppliers and other stake holders, leading to faster and more streamlined warehouse operations.

Remote controlled telepresence with iPhone

Robotic telepresence (RTP) is the future. It gives you the ability to transport yourself to a remote location, move around, look about, interact with people or objects from your PC or mobilephone whereever in the world without being there.

A creative example combinding an iPhone with a mobile robot comes out of Japan. The iPhone is rigged to a mobile base and connects to MacBook Air over WiFi.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Assistive robot mimic service dog

An assistive robot at Georgia Institute of Technology, called El-E, can open drawers, doors and even a microwave by grasping affixed towels, much in the same way a service dog would. El-E can also follow verbal commands, such as “tug it” or “tug it down.” An assistive robot like this could benefit those with disabilities or the elderly living at home. See video.