Health & Medical

August 2020 Robotics Transactions Continue Strong Summer Pace

The COVID-19 pandemic has impeded business worldwide, but robotics research, development, and commercialization have continued through the summer. In August 2020, companies working on autonomous vehicles, industrial automation, and healthcare systems continued to receive significant investment. In August 2020, Robotics Business Review tracked 50 transactions worth a total of $2.3 billion (U.S.). In comparison, there were 47 deals worth about $1.9 billion in July 2020, and 43 transactions worth $2 billion in August 2019. As with last month, there was not a significant change year over year, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite a 33% decline in global venture funding last month, according to Crunchbase, supply chain automation, aerial drones, and agricultural and service robot compani...

RoboBusiness Direct Fall 2020 Series Launches With Expanded Program

New Program, Ongoing GoalRoboBusiness Direct is designed to foster robotics innovation, expand robotics business opportunities, and build a community of like-minded problem solvers with the goal of driving the growth of robotics businesses, as well as the global robotics sector. Brightest Minds, Leading CompaniesMore than a webinar or virtual event, RoboBusiness Direct is an ongoing, integrated series of presentations and media coverage delivered by brightest minds from the leading robotics and automation companies from around the world. The program runs weekly from August 27, 2020 until December. More information about the RoboBusiness Direct speakers, sessions schedule can be found HERE. Registration for RoboBusiness Direct is now open. There is no charge to register for RoboBusiness Dir...

Digital Event – Developing Robots That Can Promote Social-Emotional Learning in Children

In this presentation, Paolo Pirjanian, CEO at Embodied, will discuss how the relationship between humans and machines is evolving, including how robots and robotic technology can be applied for social good. By RBR Editor | August 16, 2020 RoboBusiness Direct is not a webinar, or virtual event, but instead it is an ongoing, integrated series of digital events delivered by brightest minds from the leading robotics and automation companies from around the world, augmented by including continuing coverage and analysis in Robotics Business Review. RoboBusiness Direct is designed to impart to business and engineering professionals the information they need to identify market opportunities, successfully develop and deploy the next generation of commercial robotics systems, and accelerate their bu...

Diet and Weight Loss: Using Social Robots to Support Human Health and Well-being

Dr. Nicole Robinson, a research fellow at Monash University, works across two disciplines – engineering and medicine. Specifically, robotics and psychology. She has led a new research trial offering a glimpse into the near-future of digital healthcare. It found social robots – as helpers – can deliver a multi-session behavior-change treatment around diet and weight reduction without the need for human intervention. The results showed a robot-delivered program helped people to cut snack “episodes” by half, and lose, on average, 4.4 kilograms in weight. The trial also found that an autonomous robot-delivered program may be as effective as a human clinician in the same context. Robinson was recently interviewed by the Monash Lens, a Monash University publication that publishes commentary and ...

Robotics transactions continue to slow in April 2020, but bright spots remain

Although the COVID-19 pandemic began late last year in China and started affecting the global economy in March, it was April 2020 when the U.S. shut down as governments scrambled to contain the infection and its economic aftershocks. However, investment and mergers and acquisition continued to benefit automation for healthcare, cleaning, and supply chain applications. Robotics Business Review tracked about 26 transactions worth a total of more than $600 million last month, compared with 29 deals worth $2.7 billion in March 2020 and 30 transactions worth $6.5 billion in April 2019. However, there were no reported shutdowns, even as driverless car testing, startup activity, and technology conferences faltered. According to ABI Research, 2019 was a record year for robotics, with $49 billion i...

maxon launches ‘medical fast track’ in response to COVID-19

maxon, a Swiss developer and manufacturer of drive systems, is a long-time partner of leading medical technology companies worldwide. Its products are used in medical devices such as ventilators, respirators, protection masks and lab automation. During these unprecedented times, maxon is focused on supporting the companies producing these life-saving devices so desperately needed during this COVID-19 pandemic. To do so, maxon launched a “medical fast track” process to ensure the best possible service for critical application needs to fight this pandemic. This fast track system is reviewed in real-time to expedite urgent requests for product. The maxon group management team reviews each request and matches the need with a solution – prioritizing manufacturing efforts globally to ensure prod...

3 nonsurgical robotics applications to watch in healthcare

The COVID-19 pandemic has renewed and expanded interest in non-surgical healthcare robots worldwide. A growing number of hospitals and healthcare providers is realizing that robots can offer significant improvements in the delivery of care, laboratory efficiency, and rehabilitation, as seen in the examples below. The novel coronavirus has highlighted the global shortage of skilled medical staffers. In combination with sometimes laborious and slow laboratory test processes, it can limit access to life-saving treatments. ABB research hub demonstrates future of care In response to the talent shortage and laborious processes, biopharmaceutical and testing laboratories are turning to automation to improve productivity, safety, and consistency. In turn, higher-quality, more flexible care can enh...

Healthcare Robotics Engineering Forum 2020 calls for presentations

The second annual Healthcare Robotics Engineering Forum, which is scheduled for September in Boston, is seeking qualified and engaging expert speakers. Rich Mahoney, co-founder and CEO of Seismic, helped open the first Healthcare Robotics Engineering Forum. By RBR Staff | March 24, 2020 WTWH Media has issued a call for presentations for the Healthcare Robotics Engineering Forum, which is scheduled for Sept. 24-25, 2020, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. Submissions are due May 1, 2020. As demand increases worldwide for healthcare services, the opportunities and challenges for automation also increase. A multidisciplinary approach is needed for safe, effective, and commercially viable intelligent systems. The second annual Healthcare Robotics Engineering Forum is the premiere confer...