Automation

53 Automation Articles
Posted in Automation by amanda.pedersen on February 22, 2017
Medtronic's new Signia stapling system is designed with a built-in smart technology to detect the variability of tissue thickness and automatically adjust the stapler's speed during surgery. The goal is to help surgeons fire staples consistently and evenly.Amanda Pedersen The handle of Medtroni... Continue
Posted in Automation by amanda.pedersen on December 19, 2016
General practitioners may need to up their game over the next 10 years, if artificial intelligence disrupts the market as much as one medtech CEO expects it to.Amanda PedersenBiotricity Inc. is in talks with IBM Watson Health to use artificial intelligence in remote patient monitoring tech for chron... Continue
Posted in Automation by Qmed Staff on December 13, 2016
Cambridge Medical Robotics's Versius can be used to perform colorectal, pelvic, and upper abdominal procedures. Amanda Pedersen The Versius system features light-weight robotic arms and5-mm instruments. A new venture-backed company that wants to add a touch of versatility and dex... Continue
Posted in Automation by Kristopher Sturgis on December 12, 2016
Rice University and IBM have teamed up to develop a state-of-the-art robotic assistant that can help monitor and assist elderly patients and their caregivers unlike ever before.Kristopher SturgisIBM MERA can measure heart and respiratory rates.IBM announced this week the creation of the ne... Continue
Posted in Automation by Qmed Staff on October 31, 2016
ReWalk’s robotic exoskeleton transformed the life of architect Robert Woo, who was paralyzed from the chest down after a construction accident. Qmed StaffHow much could robotic exoskeletons better the lives of people with paralyzed legs? There's a great example to be had in one of the latest episo... Continue
Posted in Automation by Joyce Laird on October 13, 2016
Titan Medical’s Sport surgical robotic system closely shadows Intuitive Surgical's DaVinci—but at a much lower cost.Joyce LairdTitan Medical, Canada and Ximedica LLC have infused new life into Titan’s Sport surgical system, which has been in process for the past several years. After many years... Continue
Posted in Automation by Nancy Crotti on October 6, 2016
    Earlier this year, Verb Surgical (backed by Google-parent Alphabet) announced it is partnering with Johnson & Johnson to make robot surgeons smarter. More recently, CEO Scott Huennekens told Qmed's sister publication MD+DI that the company is moving closer to democratizin... Continue
Posted in Automation by Nancy Crotti on October 6, 2016
    Dutch researchers say it might be possible someday to "breed" robots, allowing the robots themselves to select out what traits are most "attractive" in environments with unanticipated challenges.A research team at VU Amsterdam created a "Birth Clinic" with a 3-D printer, a "Nurser... Continue
Posted in Automation by Nancy Crotti on October 6, 2016
    MIT researchers trained an altered Nao robotto learn the ins and outs of room scheduling in a labor ward at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.Nurses accepted the robot’s good recommendations 90% of the time and rejected consciously bad advice, enabling the robo... Continue
Posted in Automation by Nancy Crotti on October 6, 2016
    In one of the latest examples of designers combining mechanical parts with organic tissue,  Case Western Reserve University researchers created a 3-D printed robot that’s less than 2 in. long,  printed out of flexible polymers and powered by mouth muscle tissue from a ... Continue
Posted in Automation by Nancy Crotti on October 6, 2016
    What do you get when you cross a robotic stingray with rat cells? A Harvard University researcher got what he hopes will help him build a human heart.Professor Kevin “Kit” Parker  and his team drew on fish morphology, neuromuscular dynamics, and gait control to develop a ... Continue
Posted in Automation by Nancy Crotti on October 6, 2016
    Wrap your measly human arms (and brain) around this one: Researchersat Harvard University’s Wyss Institute designed an octopus-inspired, soft, autonomous robot powered by chemical reactions controlled by microfluidics. A reaction inside the robot can transform a small amount of ... Continue
Posted in Automation by Nancy Crotti on October 6, 2016
    Robots can assist surgeons in other, noninvasive ways. An international team input photos of human reaching motions into the neural network of a robotic arm, training it to mimic natural human motion in handing instruments to surgeons, according to another report by ... Continue
Posted in Automation by Nancy Crotti on October 6, 2016
    IEEE Spectrum reports on a snake-like robotic scope that slides down patients’ throats and might someday slither into other orifices for colorectal or gynecologic surgery. FDA approved the Flex Robotic System by Medrobotics of Raynham, MA, last year.&nbs... Continue
Posted in Automation by Nancy Crotti on October 6, 2016
    Reports on robotic exoskeletons that enable people with restricted mobility to move more freely often feature photos of humans encased in heavy, Borg-like equipments. Swiss researchers aiming to make robotic exoskeletons less bulky and more practical developed a soft pneumati... Continue
Posted in Automation by Nancy Crotti on October 6, 2016
    New robots are suturing, swimming, and slithering their way toward medtech device innovation. And they can help nurses schedule rooms and hand instruments to surgeons, too.Nancy CrottiFor several years, surgical robots in the medical device space were limited to giant arms that su... Continue
Posted in Automation by Kristopher Sturgis on September 22, 2016
University of Houston researchers aim to leverage a new, noninvasive brain-machine interface system that taps into human brainwaves to control and command a wearable exoskeleton—a technology that could enable paraplegic kids to walk.Kristopher SturgisA new study out of the Laboratory for Noninvasi... Continue
Posted in Automation by Maureen Kingsley on September 21, 2016
Since the Da Vinci surgical robot made its mark at the turn of the millennium, additional medtech companies have turned their attention to advanced-technology surgical systems and tools—with support from FDA and CMS.Maureen KingsleyThe slow but inevitable—and now quickening—trend toward more a... Continue
Posted in Automation by Kristopher Sturgis on September 20, 2016
A recent study has shown that humans place too much trust in robotic technologies during emergency situations, even after they have proven to be unreliable.Kristopher SturgisWhen it comes to robotic technologies, is it possible we’re placing a little too much faith in their abilities? That was the... Continue
Posted in Automation by Kristopher Sturgis on September 9, 2016
Researchers designed the new 3-D printed robot entirely from soft materials. It is powered by chemical reactions controlled by microfluidics.Kristopher SturgisResearchers at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute have unveiled their latest innovative robotic design: a 3-D printed robot nicknamed “o... Continue