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A dive into how AI is helping overcome limitations with current prosthetics by offering improved signal decoding, functionality and more intuitive control.

How AI is Helping Power Next-Generation Prosthetic Limbs

Borrowing from methods used to produce optical fibers, researchers from EPFL and Imperial College have created fiber-based soft robots with advanced motion control that integrate other functionalities, such as electric and optical sensing and targeted delivery of fluids.

Steerable soft robots could enhance medical applications

Using a new technology, researchers hope to create better control systems for prosthetic limbs.

Magnetic sensors track muscle length

Boston Dynamics’ Spot, bionic kangaroos and even ants – biomimetics allows us to replicate almost any living thing. But why do roboticists look to animals for inspiration, what do they do at ITMO, and how do you make a robot act “natural”?

Biomimetics: The Science of Robo-Animals

In this episode, we talk about how exoskeleton technology is being leveraged to treat parkinsons and how a new approach for more efficient, personalized exoskeletons could be the catalyst for wide scale adaptation.

Podcast: Personalized Exoskeletons & Treating Parkinson's

Users who could adjust the timing, torque of an ankle exoskeleton typically found comfortable settings in under two minutes.

Exoskeletons with personalize-your-own settings

A system developed by Grégoire Courtine and Jocelyne Bloch now enables patients with a complete spinal cord injury to stand, walk and even perform recreational activities like swimming, cycling and canoeing.

New implant offers promise for the paralyzed

In this episode, we reflect on some of our favorite topics from 2021 and discuss the goals for the podcast in 2022.

Podcast: Recapping 2021

People living with disabilities don't want special treatment; they want equal opportunity. The ability to act independently of, and at the same time connect with, others when moving, communicating, learning, working, and socializing.

Connected IoT tech promotes accessibility for all

It’s been known for some time that organic neuromorphic robots can learn. Now they can move too. Autonomously.

Human-like brain helps robot out of a maze

With the help of 1.6 million GaN nanopillars per sensor, the University of Michigan team was able to provide human-level sensitivity with directionality on a compact, easily manufactured system

Mimicking a human fingertip's sensitivity and sense of direction for robotic applications

In this episode, we talk about a system developed by MIT researchers to optimize new material development and LifeNabled - a non-profit organization - that leverages 3D printing technology and generative design to develop cost-effective, bespoke prosthetics.

Podcast: World's Most Advanced Prosthetics

case study

LifeNabled volunteers and designers created a fully digital workflow to produce custom 3D printed prosthetic sockets with flexible inner liners. Now, 35 patients in the jungle of Guatemala are walking on the most advanced prosthetic and orthotic devices in the world.

Walking on the World's Most Advanced Prosthetics in the Jungles of Guatemala

An electrode array implanted in the brain predicts finger motions in near real time.

Individual finger control for advanced prostheses demonstrated in primates

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