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Future robotics – with KUKA and MEDICA 2019

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,

It won't be long before robots lend physicians and nursing staff a hand much more often than today – especially where great strength and high precision are required. Five young research teams will showcase their robotic solutions at the stand of KUKA AG during MEDICA 2019. One of them will receive the KUKA Innovation Award for this. Read all the details in our current interview!

Wishing you a week full of ideas,

Timo Roth
Editorial team

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Topic of the Month: The future of rehabilitation
Interview: KUKA Innovation Award
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Of exoskeletons and service robots – the future of rehabilitation

Topic of the Month

Image: Woman uses robot arm to grab something on the table; Copyright: RWTH Aachen/RPE & inRehaRob
For most people, enjoying a good quality of life means having the ability to move freely, safely and independently. Intensive and costly rehabilitation is needed if this is no longer an option after a stroke for example. We are introducing some projects that deliver innovative robotic solutions.
Read more in our Topic of the Month:
Of exoskeletons and service robots – the future of rehabilitation
Robotics – rehab with motors and sensors
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Implants: remote-controlled drug delivery system for chronic disease management

Laboratory Equipment, Diagnostica, Research & Technology, Electromedicine, Medical Technology

People with chronic diseases like arthritis, diabetes and heart disease may one day forego the daily regimen of pills and, instead, receive a scheduled dosage of medication through a grape-sized implant that is remotely controlled.
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mHealth: portable device can be used to diagnose eye disease remotely

Research & Technology, Information and Communication Technology, Electromedicine, Medical Technology

A portable device connected to a smartphone makes precise images of the retina to detect back-of-the-eye (fundus) disease at a far lower cost than conventional methods. Created by Phelcom Technologies, a startup based at São Carlos in São Paulo State, Brazil, the Eyer can be used for remote diagnosis by an ophthalmologist via telemedicine.
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Imaging: non-invasive view into the heart

Research & Technology, Electromedicine, Medical Technology

The non-invasive measurement of blood flow to the heart using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is on par with cardiac catheterization. This was the result of an international study published in the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine and headed by researchers from Goethe University.
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Telemedicine: telephone-based coaching as an impetus for more exercise

Research & Technology, Information and Communication Technology

Sports scientists from the University of Basel found that providing telephone-based coaching over the phone is an effective method for getting people in Switzerland to adopt a physically active lifestyle.
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Optical method: compact device for rapid tissue analysis during surgery

Laboratory Equipment, Diagnostica, Research & Technology, Electromedicine, Medical Technology

A team of researchers from Jena is presenting a groundbreaking new method for the rapid, gentle and reliable detection of tumors with laser light. For the first time, the Leibniz IPHT will present a compact device for rapid cancer diagnosis during surgery. The optical method will help surgeons to remove tumors more precisely and could make cancer operations possible without a scalpel.
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Healthy Living thanks to robotics – KUKA Innovation Award 2019


Image: Team Capsix with KUKA robot arm and body model; Copyright: Capsix Robotics, Lyon
Improving technology transfer from research to industry and driving robotics development - that's the idea behind the KUKA Innovation Award. This year’s topic is "Healthy Living". Applicants from around the world were tasked with creating a robot application for healthcare settings. Now, the finalists, who will showcase their innovations at the MEDICA 2019 trade fair have been selected.
Read the interview here:
Healthy Living thanks to robotics – KUKA Innovation Award 2019
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