Robotic hands cure depression and replace limbs: main news of digital medicine

2019-03-01

Robotic hands cure depression and replace limbs: main news of digital medicine

Virtual reality is implemented in surgery rooms, technologies can diagnose brain concussion, and robots teach children suffering from autism. Read further in the digest about these and other events in the field of medical technologies.

Robot that teaches children with autism is available now

In 2018, Luxembourg-based LuxAI developed Qtrobot humanoid robot intended to help children with autism to acquire main social skills. Today patients are already using the robot.

Qtrobot has two hands, a microphone, dynamics, and a 3D camera RealSense, which allows it to see, hear, and speak. It conveys a wide range of distinct emotions with prompts helping children to recognize them.

QTrobot is already available in the USA, and this year, other countries will start using it at schools for children affected by autism.

Robotic hand cures depression

French firm Axium Robotics developed a robotic hand called TMS-Cobot TS MV that cures depression using MagVenture TMS Therapy.

The device uses transcranial magnetic stimulation – a method of stimulating neurons in the brain. Therapy is applied to cure depressive disorders among patients that experience no effect from taking drugs.

The manipulator will monitor the patient’s head movements and reduce the time of the procedure. The robot has been certified by the FDА and will be used in clinical conditions.

Brain concussion assessment system becomes a disruptive device

EYE-SYNC system produced by SyncThink was newly certified by the FDA. The status of a ‘disruptive device’ will help the technology to become a standard for the diagnostics of the brain concussion.

EYE-SYNC uses virtual reality glasses with sensors that monitor eye motion. In such a way, the system can diagnose the brain concussion. The technology was tested back in 2016 and showed high accuracy of measurement.

Augmented reality used in surgery rooms

Philips collaborates with Microsoft to implement the augmented reality system Microsoft HoloLens in surgery rooms.

The system will help doctors during surgeries: graphic images with patient data will be displayed in front of the eyes.

Thanks to the visualization of test results and other showings in real time, doctors will not get distracted by looking at standard data screens and will be able to focus on the surgery.

Sensitive hand prosthesis

Neurologists and engineers from Switzerland, Italy, and Germany showcased a robotic hand prosthesis that allows users to feel its position and location.

Robotic hand uses the sensory substitution technology, which ensures proprioceptive sensuality, i.e. muscular sensation of body parts in space.

Robotic hand has been already tested. Patients that grasped objects with closed eyes found the differences in their shape with the accuracy of 75%.

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