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Robotic Thread Is Designed To Slip Through The Brain’s Blood Vessels

MIT engineers have developed a magnetically steerable, thread-like robot that can actively glide through narrow, winding pathways, such as the labrynthine vasculature of the brain. In the future, this robotic thread may be paired with existing endovascular technologies, enabling doctors to remotely guide the robot through a patient’s brain vessels to quickly treat blockages and […]

Robot Body Surrogates Help People With Profound Motor Impairments

An augmented reality interface system could help people with profound motor impairments operate a humanoid robot to feed themselves and perform routine personal care tasks. Such tasks might include feeding and performing routine personal care tasks such as scratching an itch and applying skin lotion. The web-based interface displays a “robot’s eye view” of surroundings […]

Controlling Robots With Brainwaves And Hand Gestures

Getting robots to do things isn’t easy: Usually, scientists have to either explicitly program them or get them to understand how humans communicate via language. But what if we could control robots more intuitively, using just hand gestures and brainwaves? A new system spearheaded by researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) […]

Artificial Sensory Nerve Circuit Identifies Braille Letters

An artificial sensory nerve system that can identify letters in the Braille alphabet and activate the twitch reflex in a cockroach has been developed by Stanford and Seoul National University researchers. The work is a step toward creating artificial skin for prosthetic limbs, to restore sensation to amputees and, perhaps, one day give robots some […]

Robotically Targeted Whole-Cell Patch-Clamp Electrophysiology

A challenging brain measuring technique only previously mastered by a handful of humans has been successfully taught to robots by scientists at Imperial College London. Whole-cell patch clamp electrophysiology, or whole-cell recording (WCR), is the gold-standard technique for studying the behavior of brain cells called neurons under different brain states such as stress or learning. […]