It is important to remember where this all started, namely the Hardiman Prototype arm 1970. The arms, legs, and feet used electrohydraulic servos, while a hydromechanical servo controlled the hands. The hydraulics operated off of a 3,000-psi pump, letting the person in the suit lift up to 1,500 lb. and walk at 1.7 mph. The suit itself, however, weighed almost 1500 lb., making it too heavy and complex to warrant further funding. Image Courtesy of Chris Hunter, Curator of the miSci (Museum of Innovation and Science, formerly the Schenectady Museum in Schenectady, NY)
Leka is a French startup that’s developing a smart robotic toy of the same name, set on changing the way children with developmental disorders learn, play, and progress. Leka, the device, is an interactive tool designed to make communication between therapists, parents, and children easier, efficient, and accessible. The robot is designed to interact with children through educational applications that engage their motor, cognitive, and emotional skills to reinforce cognitive and social learning. The device is controlled through a partnered app via Bluetooth technology, which has a monitoring platform that tracks a child’s developmental progress over time. Leka can be preordered through Indiegogo’s InDemand platform.
Bandit comes from Maja Mataric’s research lab at the University of Southern California. It is designed to teach social behavior to children with autism, as well as facilitate physical therapy with stroke patients and the elderly with physical exercises. Bandit teaches children through play, and through demonstrations and positive verbal encouragement, it fosters an environment to motivate the elderly to exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Proper cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) requires endurance and concentration. And in times when CPR is required, both of those qualities may prove difficult to muster in such situations, which is where LUCAS CPR steps in. It’s a chest-compression system that regulates standardized chest compressions in accordance to the latest guides for best CPR practices. It issues automatics compressions and can be applied in less than 20 seconds.
Obi is an assisted dining robot with the goal of returning dining independence to people with disabilities whom may have difficulty feeding themselves. It’s a robotic arm that uses a spoon to scoop food from one of four bowls, seamlessly delivering it from tray to mouth. Two buttons control the device—one for cycling through the bowls and another for delivering.
An advanced interactive robot doubling as a fun, lifelike plush companion, Paro Therapeutic Robot comes from AIST, a pioneer in Japanese industrial automation. The device allows for animal therapy to take place for patients in environments where having an animal present for treatment has logistical hurdles. Through a slew of sensors detecting light, sound, and touch, Paro can interact with its users, responding positively to being stroked or adjusting its head toward a user’s direction when beckoning the robot. Paro is currently in its 8th generation and has been in use in Japan and Europe since 2003—it’s also a Guinness World Record holder for “World’s Most Therapeutic Robot.”
The JACO 3 Fingers is an assistive robotic arm from Kinova Robotics, designed to help individuals regain their independence with assistance of everyday needs, such as opening doors or grabbing food from the pantry. Attached to a wheelchair, the arm sports 16 movements in total, consists of carbon fiber, is weather-resistant, and can reach the floor to grab dropped items.
ReWalk received FDA approval to sell the first motorized device that will act as an exoskeleton for people with lower body paralysis due to spinal-cord injury. Many companies are involved in this technology, such as SuitX and Cyberdyne’s HAL, and Lockheed Martin’s HULC.
From the company that developed the NAO and Pepper social robots, Aldebaran is working on ROMEO, a 140-cm-tall humanoid robot designed to assist elderly people and other individuals losing their autonomy in the home. With Romeo’s height, the robot is capable of opening doors, climbing stairs, and grabbing hard-to-reach objects. Romeo is still in a project and development stage, but a proof point to monitor as more assistive humanoid robots come to market.
VGo is a handy telepresence robot that has taken the healthcare and education markets by storm. Due to the device’s flexibility (it’s also great for teleconferencing in the workplace), the device is beneficial for disabled patients to communicate with their healthcare provider, as well as for students who are temporarily home- or hospital-bound.
In physical therapy, mental therapy, and everyday life, robots are getting better at working with humans. Here are some robots that are in the works to assist humans in the future.
Good piece of info!
The Lucas CPR should sell like crazy if it's ready for market and organizations find out about it. Hopefully the price isn't astronomical.
Delivering us even more social isolation than we already have by being "constantly in touch" via Internet and smart phones.
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