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Robot hand ties shoelaces and deals cards | EarthSky.org

Robot hand ties shoelaces and deals cards | EarthSky.org | Nanotechnology, biomimetics and biological interface in the field of robotics. | Scoop.it
In this video, Nigel Ackland demonstrates how his new robotic hand allows him to do ordinary things with extraordinary technology.

Via Tony Sacksteder
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This video illustrates the importance of advanced prosthetics in the day to day life of their users.

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Nanotechnology, biomimetics and biological interface in the field of robotics.
Many early approaches to robotics have been informed by gross anatomical approximations of human and perhaps canine physiology. Today researchers study the sideways stagger of cockroaches, the subtle adjustments of a moth's wings, and the flexible spine of a cheetah to inspire the advancement of robotics. <br> <br>Current and emerging trends indicate a progression through increasingly finer biomimicry, to cellular and neurological levels. The conductivity of a thread-like insulated bacteria and the neural plasticity of the human brain are examples of such areas of research. I anticipate that these will provide increasing contributions towards bio-technology interfaces resulting in significant advancements in the areas of artificial medical implants and robotic prosthetics. <br> <br>These developments offer the opportunity to extend our capacity to map tools as extensions of ourselves to unprecedented refinement.  <br> <br>Robotics by necessity has always required an active dialogue between hardware and software engineers. Excitingly the trends in biomimetics and biological interfaces insist on an increasing diversification of cross-disciplinary collaboration. <br> <br>The following articles examine directions of current research in the fields of biomimetics, prosthetics and neurology as they relate to robotics.  Through them we catch a glimpse of the developments we might expect to see in the next 5 - 10 years.
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AbioCor » Abiomed

AbioCor » Abiomed | Nanotechnology, biomimetics and biological interface in the field of robotics. | Scoop.it
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This article includes a description of transcutaneous energy transmission (see link "How It Works") . This is a process for charging a battery inside the body with an external power source. As this is achieved without breaching the epidermis, the risk of infection is removed.

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3-D Printed Body Parts, Finally! : DNews

3-D Printed Body Parts, Finally! : DNews | Nanotechnology, biomimetics and biological interface in the field of robotics. | Scoop.it
A new 3D printing process offers hope to kids who need an artificial ear.
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Similar processes could be used to encase hard implanted components with a soft outer covering to protect the delicate tissues of the host.

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Transcutaneous Energy Transmission for Mechanical Circulatory Support Systems: History, Current Status, and Future Prospects

Transcutaneous Energy Transmission for Mechanical Circulatory Support Systems: History, Current Status, and Future Prospects | Nanotechnology, biomimetics and biological interface in the field of robotics. | Scoop.it
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 This peer reviewed medical article details Transcutaneous Energy Transmission as referenced in the AbioCor article.

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Cyborg Update: Living Tissue Grown on Nanowires

Cyborg Update: Living Tissue Grown on Nanowires | Nanotechnology, biomimetics and biological interface in the field of robotics. | Scoop.it
The dream of merging living tissue with electronics is one step closer to reality.
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This technology facilitates a form of conductive nano-scaffolding for the purpose of growing living cells into three dimensional structures. The conductive properties can then be utilised to analyse and monitor adjacent tissues.

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MIT Researchers to 3D Print a Pavilion by Imitating Silkworms

MIT Researchers to 3D Print a Pavilion by Imitating Silkworms | Nanotechnology, biomimetics and biological interface in the field of robotics. | Scoop.it
MIT researchers headed by Mediated Matter Group founder Neri Oxman to 3D print a pavilion by imitating silkworms.

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This article relates to possible techniques for large scale 3D printing of self supporting structures for architectural applications. If this proves a cost effective method of creating extremely strong, lightweight materials, it could be applied to prosthetics, exoskeletons and the casings of implant peripherals that need to be carried by the host.

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Artificial Muscle Stronger Than the Real Thing

Artificial Muscle Stronger Than the Real Thing | Nanotechnology, biomimetics and biological interface in the field of robotics. | Scoop.it
Artificial Muscle Stronger Than the Real Thing
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Researchers are working on the design of artificial muscle fibres which could be used to replace motor actuators in delicate applications, such as creating facial expressions.

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Temporary Tattoos Could Make Electronic Telepathy, Telekinesis Possible

Temporary Tattoos Could Make Electronic Telepathy, Telekinesis Possible | Nanotechnology, biomimetics and biological interface in the field of robotics. | Scoop.it

...wireless flexible electronics one can apply on the forehead just like temporary tattoos to read brain activity.

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This flexible printed circuit offers  a very small footprint solution to the challenge of communication between the brain and external devices. Without the need for highly invasive surgery to implant electrodes within the brain.  This technology could perhaps provide an elegant solution to the research in the article, "A New Transcutaneous Bidirectional Communication for Monitoring Implanted Artificial Heart Using the Human Body as a Conductive Medium"

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Touchy Feeling Bionic Hand Closer to Reality

Touchy Feeling Bionic Hand Closer to Reality | Nanotechnology, biomimetics and biological interface in the field of robotics. | Scoop.it
Scientists have greatly improved the sensory feedback an amputee receives from a bionic limb.
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This robotic hand makes a direct link to nerves in the amputee. The article identifies challenges of the transcutaneal connection between external electronics and the internal nerves. The article also mentions the possibility of connecting directly to the central nervous system in the future.

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Meet Pneupard, Osaka University's Air-Powered Cheetah Robot - IEEE Spectrum

Meet Pneupard, Osaka University's Air-Powered Cheetah Robot - IEEE Spectrum | Nanotechnology, biomimetics and biological interface in the field of robotics. | Scoop.it
This quadruped is powered by air
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This project researches pneumatic actuators in pursuit of more fluid movement and faster response for robotic limbs.

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5 Major Advances in Robotic Prosthetics

5 Major Advances in Robotic Prosthetics | Nanotechnology, biomimetics and biological interface in the field of robotics. | Scoop.it
Check out these photos about 5 Major Advances in Robotic Prosthetics
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A brief retrospective of recent prosthetic advancements is provided. These include Bluetooth communication to keep two prosthetic legs in sync, microprocessors to manage knee articulation and muscle activated interfaces, using both myoelectric and targetted muscle reinnervation techniques.

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Paralyzed Patient Thinks 'Walk,' and Then Walks

Paralyzed Patient Thinks 'Walk,' and Then Walks | Nanotechnology, biomimetics and biological interface in the field of robotics. | Scoop.it
A European consortium is testing a mind-controlled assist for people with spinal cord injuries. ->
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There are a large number of active exoskeleton projects. Many respond to muscle activity via a myoelectric interface. These are designed to facilitate the assisted or enhanced movement of people able to initiate the movement of their limbs. This project interprets electrical brain signals through a cap for those whose neurological impulses are unable to reach their peripheral nervous system.

 

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3D-Printed Skull Implant Ready for Operation : DNews

3D-Printed Skull Implant Ready for Operation : DNews | Nanotechnology, biomimetics and biological interface in the field of robotics. | Scoop.it
The FDA has approved a process for printing skull bone replacements, which could benefit hundreds of patients per month.
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This article discusses textured orthopaedic implants that facilitate the attachment of biological tissues. This may pave the way for other fully integrated implants. Imagine for example if it were possible to encase a battery pack within a substitute bone to provide continuous power, as required for the AbioCor artificial heart.

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A New Transcutaneous Bidirectional Communication for Monitoring Implanted Artificial Heart Using the Human Body as a Conductive Medium

A New Transcutaneous Bidirectional Communication for Monitoring Implanted Artificial Heart Using the Human Body as a Conductive Medium | Nanotechnology, biomimetics and biological interface in the field of robotics. | Scoop.it
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To quote the article directly: "...able to transmit data ... between everywhere on the surface of the body and everywhere inside the body under full-duplex communication at a transmission rate of 115 kbps." It seems that skin contact is all that is required to control and monitor an implanted device.

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Transcutaneous implants: Reactions of the skin-implant interface

Transcutaneous implants: Reactions of the skin-implant interface | Nanotechnology, biomimetics and biological interface in the field of robotics. | Scoop.it
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This peer reviewed article identifies issues associated with transcutaneous implants such as bone anchored prosthetics. This has implications for electrodes that must cross the skin barrier for communication or power supply to internal devices.

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New Medical Technology Draws on Nature for Inspiration

New Medical Technology Draws on Nature for Inspiration | Nanotechnology, biomimetics and biological interface in the field of robotics. | Scoop.it
To solve such problems as medical tape that rips tender skin, scientists look to nature for answers.

Via Miguel Prazeres
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This article provides a number of examples of biomimetics informing medical technology. While not all are directly related to robotics, some do offer exciting possibilities including adhesive that sticks in wet conditions (for post implantation modifications or adhesion to internal anatomical structures) and a biodegradable chip that dissolves safely into the blood stream.

 

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Energy From Cyborg Bugs

Energy From Cyborg Bugs | Nanotechnology, biomimetics and biological interface in the field of robotics. | Scoop.it
Hybrid robot-bugs that carry electronics could power devices with their own wing beats.
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This article illustrates the potential for autonomous power. Energy harnessed from mundane physical activity could prove invaluable to body-integrated prostheics, circuitry and impants such as the AbioCor artificial heart.

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Bacterial Nanowires Could Revolutionize Electronics

Bacterial Nanowires Could Revolutionize Electronics | Nanotechnology, biomimetics and biological interface in the field of robotics. | Scoop.it
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This article covers research on electrically conductive bacteria, and outlines its prospective uses. These include biological batteries, superconductors and electrical components such as transistors.

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Darpa: Fuse Nerves With Robot Limbs, Make Prosthetics Feel Real

Darpa: Fuse Nerves With Robot Limbs, Make Prosthetics Feel Real | Nanotechnology, biomimetics and biological interface in the field of robotics. | Scoop.it
Controlling robotic limbs with your brain is just step one. The Pentagon eventually wants artificial arms and legs to feel and perform just the same as
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This article is interesting in its detail regarding the pursuit to satisfy psychological as well as practical needs in replacing a limb. This manifests itself as a drive to achieve highly sophisticated two-way neural communication with the prosthetic in order to "allow the incorporation of the limb into the sense-of-self".

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3-D Printed Octopus Suckers Help Robots Stick

3-D Printed Octopus Suckers Help Robots Stick | Nanotechnology, biomimetics and biological interface in the field of robotics. | Scoop.it

"Legions of animal-inspired robots are being created to improve military missions and disaster response efforts—from crawling cockroach-like RHex bots to leaping Sand Flea robots and the speeding Cheetah machines. Now, a squishier source for smart robo-tech has joined the ranks: octopuses."


Via Miguel Prazeres
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This article invesigates biomimetics, 3D printing and the prospect of better grip for robotic hands. As control over the suckers improves, the way could be opened for less rigid gripping digits. This may overcome some of the challenges associated with robots gripping unknown and irregularly shaped objects.

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Robotic Exoskeleton Gets Safety Green Light

Robotic Exoskeleton Gets Safety Green Light | Nanotechnology, biomimetics and biological interface in the field of robotics. | Scoop.it
A metal-and-plastic exoskeleton has become the first nursing-care robot certified under the draft standard.
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This article identifies a significant breakthrough in the societal integration of robotics. Recognition of safety standards through certification paves the way for future applications.

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First mind-controlled, bone-mounted robotic arms to be implanted in 2013

First mind-controlled, bone-mounted robotic arms to be implanted in 2013 | Nanotechnology, biomimetics and biological interface in the field of robotics. | Scoop.it
A postdoctoral student has developed a technique for implanting thought-controlled robotic arms and their electrodes directly to the bones and nerves of amputees, a move which he is calling "the future of artificial limbs"...
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Two areas of interest here: significant advances in the brain-computer interface and taking advantage of advances in bone anchored prosthetics.

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Robot hand ties shoelaces and deals cards | EarthSky.org

Robot hand ties shoelaces and deals cards | EarthSky.org | Nanotechnology, biomimetics and biological interface in the field of robotics. | Scoop.it
In this video, Nigel Ackland demonstrates how his new robotic hand allows him to do ordinary things with extraordinary technology.

Via Tony Sacksteder
Sam McCormick's insight:

This video illustrates the importance of advanced prosthetics in the day to day life of their users.

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