robotics

By Dave Muoio May 9, 2019
Aging adults living in care homes who are given and engage with robotic pets often experience health and quality of life benefits, according to a recent meta-analysis of 19 studies examining the devices. These findings are primarily based on qualitative responses collected during the included studies. While most quantitative data obtained in the review generally supported this trend, all but an...
dementia
By Piers Ford April 25, 2019
Summary The UK Dementia Research Institute has appointed its seventh research centre – a £20 million facility based at Imperial College London, which will be tasked with developing new technologies to help people live in ‘dementia-friendly’ homes, as well as gathering insights into how the condition develops. With the collaboration of the University of Surrey, the new centre will bring together...

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By Laura Lovett March 21, 2019
Augmented reality combined with robotics could enable people with physical disabilities to be more independent, according to a study recently published in PLOS ONE.  Researchers from Georgia Tech have developed a new augmented reality system that lets people with severe motor disabilities control a human-sized robot to help with self care through a mouse or small assitive device.  “Our results...
By Laura Lovett February 12, 2019
It’s no secret robots have caught the hearts and minds of children for decades — whether in sci-fi novellas or on the silver screen. Now, robots are also coming to pediatrics care.  “If you look at pediatrics and robotics systems, most children are attracted to robotics. So what does this mean? I can bring in a robotic device and I don’t have to convince you. I can bring it in and say, ‘Hey, this...
By Dave Muoio June 18, 2018
Pasadena, California-based Embodied announced today it has raised $22 million in Series A funding to support its AI and robotics platforms for improved care and wellness. The investment is led by Calibrate Ventures and Jazz Venture Partners, and had participation from previous backers including Osage University Partners, Intel Capital, Grishin Robotics, and others. “We are developing a software...
By Dave Muoio November 6, 2017
Brown University researchers have announced a partnership with Hasbro to add medication reminders, basic artificial intelligence, and other capabilities to the toymaker’s Joy for All Companion Pets, a collection of animatronic cats and dogs intended to relieve loneliness and improve mental health among older adults. The Affordable Robotic Intelligence for Elderly Support (ARIES) project looks to...
By Dave Muoio November 3, 2017
Aging care was a frequent topic among the panels and sessions hosted at last week’s Connected Healthcare Conference in Boston. Amidst conversations on remote care, new technology adoption, and other issues of wellness affecting seniors, speakers argued again and again that thoughtfully designed technologies will increasingly be needed to address a patient group that shows no signs of shrinking. “...
By Heather Mack December 20, 2016
Smart clothing company Superflex, a spinoff of research and technology company SRI International, has raised $9.6 million in Series A funding in a round led by Global Brain. Seed investors Horizons Ventures and Root Ventures also participated, along with Sinovation Ventures. The funding will be used to further develop Superflex’s powered clothing, which is lightweight apparel equipped with...
By Jonah Comstock January 11, 2013
InTouch Health's Remote Presence Virtual + Independent Telemedicine Assistant, or RP-VITA, announced in July 2012, received FDA 510(K) clearance in November, the company announced this week. The RP-VITA was developed in partnership with iRobot, the company that created the Roomba vacuum cleaner, as well as some telepresence robots for the military. The device is a 5-foot rolling robot with a...
By Brian Dolan September 14, 2009
By Dr. Stephen Schimpff, author of The Future of Medicine – Mega Trends in Healthcare Sometimes the doctor patient interaction is far from adequate, but new mobile robotic technologies can help resolve the problem. I have a colleague who developed a cardiac arrhythmia called paroxysmal atrial tachycardia or PAT. The treatment was to thread a small catheter via the femoral artery in his groin up...