Robotics

An AI model built by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology helps robots better predict how they’ll interact with solid objects and liquids, improving their ability to mold deformable materials.

Michigan-based startup HistoSonics raised $54 million in its Series C funding round to support the noninvasive Robotically Assisted Sonic Therapy (RAST) platform, an AI solution that combines advanced robotics and imaging to destroy unwanted tissue.

Industrial and biomedical engineers at Purdue University have demonstrated a way to print devices in 3D such that they squeeze, move and otherwise feel like human hands. The team’s hope is to create soft robots that can help care for elderly patients with a human-like touch when nursing shortages become the norm.

The nonprofit Edison Universe has named the winners of the 2019 Edison Awards, recognizing innovations of various sorts in industries of all kinds. Some of the best breakthroughs involve high tech in healthcare.

Recent advances in AI have enabled positive change in numerous areas, including public safety, sustainability and healthcare. But when algorithms go awry—as some inevitably will—who should shoulder the blame?

A recently discovered property of spider silk known as supercontraction could one day comprise a key building block of artificial muscles and robotic actuators, according to research published March 1 in Science Advances.

After seeing success from its AI-powered healthcare bot, Ohio-based healthcare technology company Olive is planning to add 100 tech jobs within the next two years, according to a report by Columbus Business First.

Microsoft unveiled a new tool that allows healthcare organizations to create their own AI-powered chatbots and virtual assistants for various services.

GIBLIB, an Los Angeles-based streaming media platform, has launched a virtual reality (VR) app that provides an immersive operating room (OR) experience to medical students and physicians.

Planned Parenthood is now offering an AI-powered, sexual health chatbot designed to reach more young people who visit its website, the organization announced Thursday, Jan. 24.

The development and use of robotic systems in healthcare is expected to surge over the next several years thanks to continuous technological advances, according to a report by BIS Research. The market intelligence firm predicts the global healthcare robotics market will reach $11.4 billion by 2025.

Though more healthcare providers are using chatbots—or conversational AI—to connect with patients, the technology needs to improve in certain areas to earn the trust of its users and achieve widespread adoption, according to recent survey by UserTesting.