Health & Medical

Start-Up Profile – HeroWear – Low-cost Exosuit Reduces Worker Back Strain

HeroWear’s back-assist Apex exosuit, which reduces back strain when objects are lifted, can be adjusted to fit workers of all sizes — both men and women. Imagine that. By Dan Kara | February 5, 2021 Editor’s Note: Robotics Business Review‘s coverage emphasizes innovation, including start-up companies (or ‘young’ companies). RBR “Start-Up Profiles” highlight individual start-up companies using a consistent, templated format that makes for quick, yet informed reading, that also simplifies comparative analysis. HeroWear – Company Profile City: Nashville State: Tennessee Country: USA # of Employees: 10 URL: www.HeroWearExo.com Founded: 2018 Founder – Mark Harris (CEO), Karl Zelik (Chief Scientific Officer), and Matthew Yandell (Chief Innovation Officer) Funding Status – Not disclosed. The Apex...

Make UV Disinfection Safe Using Omnidirectional 3D Vision – RoboBusiness Direct Session

In this RoboBusiness Direct session, Mark Davidson, CRO of DreamVu discuss the development of UV disinfection robotics systems that use 3D visioning systems to recognize objects and autonomously navigate. By RBR Staff | January 8, 2021 There is no charge to watch RoboBusiness Direct sessions. Ultra-violet disinfection keeps people healthy and it’s an exciting application for robotics, but the process could cause a health risk as UV light is dangerous to humans. In this talk, a DreamVu technical expert Mark Davidson will explain how omnidirectional 3D vision systems can be used to not only identify the presence of people, but to also identify how far away people are from the light based on accurate depth information. Added functions will also be explored such as how long UV light hits certa...

Surgical Robotics Requirements and Engineering Solutions – 2 RoboBusiness Direct Sessions Dec. 17, 2020

In this RoboBusiness Direct session, Maria Shepherd, President of Medi-Vantage discuss what the next generation of surgical robotics systems could and should provide. In a follow-on session, maxon’s Carsten Horn reviews solutions that enable robotic surgery. By RBR Staff | December 15, 2020 Robotics as a Surgical Tool Maria Shepherd, President, Medi-Vantage Breakout Session: 3PM EDT There is no charge to attend RoboBusiness Direct sessions. Surgical robotics is the ‘sexiest’ medical device technology of the past decade, with a scope and breadth that continues to penetrate almost all medical specialties. Ongoing research, technological advances and wider adoption will continue to propel the surgical robotics sector forward, which is forecasted to reach $13.7 billion by 2026 at a very health...

Start-up Profile – Flexiv – ‘Adaptive’ Robotics Solutions Empowered by Advanced Force Control

Flexiv provides turnkey automation solutions based on adaptive robots powered by advanced force control, computer vision and AI technologies. By Dan Kara | November 29, 2020 Editor’s Note: Robotics Business Review’s coverage emphasizes innovation, including start-up companies (or ‘young’ companies). RBR “Start-Up Profiles” highlight individual start-up companies using a consistent, templated format that makes for quick, yet informed reading, that also simplifies comparative analysis. Flexiv – Company Profile City: Santa Clara State: California Country: USA # of Employees: 100 URL: www.flexiv.com Founded: 2016 Founders – Shiquan Wang (CEO), Xiyang Yeh (CTO), Shuyun Chung (Chief Robotics Scientist) Funding Status – Series A+, with over US $22M funding amount in total Flexiv provides a one-st...

RoboBusiness Direct to Examine Industrial Automation Using ROS, UV Disinfection Robots Using 3D Vision

In his RoboBusiness Direct session, a Robot Operating System expert at the Southwest Research Institute how do develop safe advanced automation. In addition, a DreamVu robotics expert will break out how omnidirectional 3D vision can help disinfection robots. By RBR Staff | November 27, 2020 Listen to this article Manufacturers of aerospace parts, heavy machinery, and other industrial equipment require large automated systems for painting, surface finishing, inspection, and more. These systems often employ a gantry outfitted with an industrial manipulator to extend the work envelope over many meters. Due to their sheer size and associated costs, such automation must perform multiple operations to provide an adequate return on investment. Automating such large, multi-process-systems poses ch...

The Future of Robotics: Research to Commercialization – RoboBusiness Direct Session November 5, 2020

In this informative and wide ranging RoboBusiness Direct session, MassRobotics’ Executive Director Tom Ryden leads an all-star panel of robotics researchers and industry thought leaders to discuss that latest robotics and automation research and R&D initiatives, and the ways the resulting breakthroughs make their way into the commercial sphere. By RBR Staff | October 30, 2020 Listen to this article There is no charge to attend RoboBusiness Direct sessions. It is an exciting time to be in robotics. The $100+ billion global robotics sector has been growing by leaps and bounds. Industrial robots are no longer the exclusive domain of heavy industry or huge factories. A new generation of robotics systems, collaborative robots in particular, have expanded the customer base for robots to incl...

Soft Wearable Robots Are Leaving the Lab – RoboBusiness Direct Session October 29th

In this informative RoboBusiness Direct session, Conor Walsh, founder of the Harvard Biodesign Lab and faculty member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, will describe the current state of soft robotics research, the many ways soft wearable robots are actively being deployed now, as well as emerging opportunities for the technology. By RBR Editor | October 23, 2020 There is no charge to attend RoboBusiness Direct sessions. After almost a decade of effort from a multidisciplinary team of researchers and collaborators with backgrounds in robotics, functional apparel design and movement science, soft wearable robots have now left the lab and being deployed across a range of exciting application areas. This talk will give an overview of how this technology has matured ...

Proven Strategies For Building a Successful Surgical Robotics Startup – RoboBusiness Direct Session October 22nd

In this informative RoboBusiness Direct session based on accrued experience with five surgical robotics startups, Dwight Meglan, Co-founder and CTO of HeartLander Surgical, will describe the challenges to building a successful surgical robotics company, along with the critical success factors and strategies for overcoming them. By RBR Editor | October 15, 2020 There is no charge to attend RoboBusiness Direct sessions. What does it take to build a successful surgical robotics company? It is not enough to identify an unmet need in the operating/procedure room that a surgical robot could satisfy. For example, can you stand out if you have chosen to develop for one of the overpopulated surgical robotics subspecialties? Do you have a defensible patent position with a long strategy to strengthen...

MIT’s Hugh Herr Reveals Joys (and Challenges) of Commercializing Bionic Limbs

As a teenager, Dr. Hugh Herr was a highly competitive mountain climber, until at the age of 17 he had to have both legs amputated below the knees after suffering severe frostbite during a 1982 mountain expedition. As a result of this experience, he directed his efforts and talent to try to improve the mobility of people with disabilities. Considered one of the top biomechatronics researchers in the world, Herr heads the Biomechatronics Research Group and Center for Extreme Bionics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His research programs seek to advance technologies that promise to accelerate the merging of body and machine, including device architectures that resemble the body’s musculoskeletal design, actuator technologies that behave like muscle, and control methodologies th...

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...

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