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FDA clears Wandercraft's exoskeleton for stroke patient rehab


Stroke patients in the US could soon take advantage of cutting-edge robotics during the recovery process. The Food and Drug Administration has cleared Wandercraft's Atalante exoskeleton for use in stroke rehabilitation. The machine can help with intensive gait training, particularly for people with limited upper body mobility that might prevent using other methods. The current-generation Atalante is a self-balancing, battery-powered device with an adjustable gait that can help with early steps through to more natural walking later in therapy. While the hardware still needs to be used in a clinical setting with help from a therapist, its hands-free use lets patients reestablish their gait whether or not they can use their arms. Wandercraft plans to deliver its first exoskeletons to the US during the first quarter of the year, though it didn't name initial customers.

After ChatGPT and DALL·E, meet VALL-E - the text-to-speech AI that can mimic anyone's voice


Last year saw the emergence of artificial intelligence tools (AI) that can create images, artwork, or even video with a text prompt. There were also major steps forward in AI writing, with OpenAI's ChatGPT causing widespread excitement - and fear - about the future of writing. Now just a few days into 2023, another powerful use case for AI has stepped into the limelight - a text-to-voice tool that can impeccably mimic a person's voice. Developed by Microsoft, VALL-E can take a three-second recording of someone's voice, and replicate that voice turning written words into speech, with realistic intonation and emotion depending on the context of the text. Trained with 60,000 hours worth of English speech recordings, it can deliver a speech in "zero-shot situation," which means without any prior examples or training in a specific context or situation.

Japanese startup seeks to expand abroad with exoskeleton business

The Japan Times

A startup founded by a researcher at Tokyo University of Science that developed a wearable exoskeleton to support heavy lifting is hoping to make further inroads overseas in nations that have aging populations like Japan. Set up by Hiroshi Kobayashi, a professor at the university, in 2013, venture firm Innophys, hopes its products will be used in the care and farm fields in Europe as well as China and South Korea, which face similar age-related social issues to Japan. "Demand for assistive suits will get greater and greater as populations age. We've got a chance at being top in the world," said Innophys Executive Officer Masaru Yoda. This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

Convert Text to Speech in Python - DataFlair


Text to speech is a process to convert any text into voice. Text to speech project takes words on digital devices and convert them into audio with a button click or finger touch. Text to speech python project is very helpful for people who are struggling with reading. To implement this project, we will use the basic concepts of Python, Tkinter, gTTS, and playsound libraries. The objective of this project is to convert the text into voice with the click of a button.

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Goodnight, sweet spacecraft: NASA's InSight lander may have just signed off from Mars

NPR Technology

NASA's InSight Mars lander is covered in dust in its final selfie, taken on April 24. The following month its robotic arm was put into resting position, aka "retirement pose." NASA's InSight Mars lander is covered in dust in its final selfie, taken on April 24. The following month its robotic arm was put into resting position, aka "retirement pose." The end has long been in sight for InSight, the NASA lander that's been stationed on Mars since 2018.

The 2022 tech breakthroughs that could advance medicine


Technology and medicine have shared history for so long that the two have practically become inseparable. It's difficult to imagine where modern medicine and, in fact, humanity, would be today without photography, microscopes, pacemakers, prosthetic devices, you name it. Thinking of how far we've come, from the ability to detect and diagnose disease, to the advancement of treatment and rehabilitation, the way tech has improved human life deserves celebration. As we wrap the year, we look back at some of 2022's wonderful and often mind-blowing tech breakthroughs that could soon change medicine. At the start of the year, surgeons at London's Moorfields Eye Hospital successfully completed the UK's first bionic eye transplant.

The Digital Insider


While there are all kinds of tips and tools to help you multitask, sometimes the best solutions are hiding in plain sight. A text-to-speech converter is one of those simple things that can help you listen to documents you have to read while working on something else, or add quality narration to videos and seminars to save you time from recording voices yourself. There are myriad applications, and Notevibes is one of the best solutions on the market.

US Marine vet chugs beer from prosthetic leg during Lakers game

FOX News

Fox News Flash top sports headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on A U.S. Marine veteran gave Los Angeles Lakers fans something to cheer about at the Arena Monday night before the Indiana Pacers won the game on a buzzer beater. Annika Hutsler, who had a leg amputated in 2019, was seated in the arena crowd.

Prosthetic leg can 'change gears' to make going up stairs easier

New Scientist

A robotic leg with motors that work like bike gears could let a wearer walk up stairs – which many people find impossible with unpowered prostheses. Most prostheses have no motors to actively assist walking, but instead are either passive or help only by altering the resistance of a joint's swing, controlled by a low-power microchip. The few actively powered prostheses on the market are relatively heavy and bulky, with short battery lives, and have achieved limited success.