Microbots to help in cellular material manipulation

University of Toronto’s scientists have developed a system in which moving patterns of light are used to control the activity of microrobots, which are programmed to ‘scoop up’ mammalian cells so that they can be isolated and evaluated independently. The study summary has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Amputees might get smarter arms to hold things better

Scientists have successfully tested a new neuroprosthetic technology that combines robotic control with users’ voluntary control. This opens avenues in the new interdisciplinary field of shared control for neuroprosthetic technologies, which means the user can have more detailed use in their prosthetic limbs.

Social robots can benefit hospitalized children

A new study demonstrates, for the first time, that ‘social robots’ used in support sessions held in pediatric units at hospitals can lead to more positive emotions in sick children and prepares them better to undergo treatment procedures.