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5 Robotics Trends from LiveWorx 2017

A recap of the first-ever robotics track at LiveWorx, including how AI is helping bring social robots to market and why Massachusetts is still No. 1 in robotics.
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Machine Learning Could Help Screen Kids for Speech Disorders
By MIT News · 22 September, 2016 • A new computer system developed by MIT can automatically screen young children for speech and language disorders and, potentially, even provide specific diagnoses.
Exoskeleton Helps Paralyzed, Pregnant Woman Complete Half Marathon
By Steve Crowe · 13 September, 2016 • Claire Lomas, a 36-year-old woman who is 16 weeks pregnant and paralyzed from the chest down, recently completed the Great North Run with the help of a ReWalk Robotics exoskeleton.
Telepresence Robots Help Sick Students Maintain Social, Academic Ties
By RT Staff · 9 September, 2016 • The University of California, Irvine is first to conduct a formal study of virtual inclusion for home-bound students using telepresence robots. The study found telepresence robots helped these students feel more socially connected with their peers and more involved academically.
ReWalk Sells 100th Personal Exoskeleton
By Steve Crowe · 7 September, 2016 • ReWalk Robotics has sold its 100th personal exoskeleton, calling it "a major milestone indicating growing adoption of personal use of exoskeletons." ReWalk has also sold more than 150 systems to rehabilitation centers.
Football Robots Start Practicing with 49ers
By Steve Crowe · 24 August, 2016 • The San Francisco 49ers are using three Mobile Virtual Player (MVP) robots in practice for both offensive and defensive drills to cut down on player injuries.
Ekso Bionics GT Exoskeleton Starts Clinical Trial
By RT Staff · 23 August, 2016 • Ekso Bionics is sponsoring a US-based study that compares improvements in independent gait speeds of spinal cord injury (SCI) patients rehabbing with the Ekso GT to patients rehabbing with conventional therapy and to usual care control groups.
Robots Now Beating Humans at Foosball
By Steve Crowe · 13 August, 2016 • A robot developed by EPFL students was able to compete against human players with average skills in table football. The next step will be to program the robot with some real strategy.
Podcast: Inside WPI’s AIM Robotics Lab
By Steve Crowe · 18 July, 2016 • An inside look at WPI's Automation and Interventional Medicine (AIM) Robotics Research Laboratory and the work being done to create medical robots and robot-assisted surgery.
Obi Dining Robot Helps Disabled People Feed Themselves
By Steve Crowe · 13 July, 2016 • The Obi robot dining companion gives people with disabilities the power to feed themselves. Obi is a robot arm that can scoop food from a bowl and deliver the food to your mouth.
MIT Robot Schedules Tasks on Labor Floor
By Steve Crowe · 12 July, 2016 • A NAO robot from MIT CSAIL suggests where to move patients and who should do C-sections, demonstrating that robots can carry out more complex tasks at hospitals.
Podcast: Living with Personal Health Robots
By Steve Crowe · 24 June, 2016 • Emanuele Musini, CEO of Pillo Health, joins The Robotics Trends Show to discuss his Pillo health companion robot and some of the challenges and liabilities involved.
World’s First Kid-Sized Exoskeleton Helps Children Walk
By Steve Crowe · 14 June, 2016 • The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) has introduced an exoskeleton for children with spinal muscular atrophy that will help young patients walk for up to five hours. The exoskeleton consists of long support rods that fit around the user's legs and torso that can be adjusted as the child grows.
Vodafone IoT Powers Ekso GT Exoskeletons
By Steve Crowe · 7 June, 2016 • The Ekso Bionics Ekso GT exoskeleton will now use the network and global Internet of Things (IoT) SIM from telecom giant Vodafone to ensure reliable communications for diagnostics and improved access to patient data with the exoskeleton.
Meet Pillo: Your Personal Home Health Robot
By Steve Crowe · 1 June, 2016 • Pillo is an intelligent home health companion robot that can manage your medications, answer your medical questions, re-order medications, send notifications to family members when medications are missed, and connect you directly with doctors.
Human-Inspired Actuator Paving Way for Soft-Bodied Robots
By Steve Crowe · 1 June, 2016 • Developed by a team at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University, these soft actuators could lead to better assistive robots that could serve food, deliver goods and perform other tasks related to the service industry.

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