Social Good

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...

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 ...

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 ...