Interface Technologies & Devices

Seven exoskeleton startups rising up in Europe Sifted


The view from France: "France is a paradise for tech startups: world class engineers, reasonable costs, engaged teams, inspiring environment. The scene here is bursting with activity, especially regarding healthcare, which is incredibly stimulating." "The market is tough, with users mostly risk-averse leading to slow adoption. Raising our Series A was most difficult. Once you have onboard professional investors, it's easier. "In five to ten years the cost will go down to the price of a small car.

Sales Transformations For "Industry 4.0"


The term "Industry 4.0" refers to the transformation of the manufacturing sector by digital technologies, such as the internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, robotics, 3-D printing, visualization, virtual/augmented reality and analytics. Automated management of assembly lines, inventories and even downtime for preventive maintenance has improved flexibility, throughput and productivity. The use of robotics in complex processes has helped enhance reliability and quality while reducing occupational risks. This transformation has thus far largely been limited to shop floors. Yet, there are three pillars that support the business of manufacturing companies: sales, production and service.

A Mind-reading exoskeleton lets a completely paralyzed man walk


With so much debate around the ethical use of technology, news like this certainly provides hope for the future. I personally believe technology will provide the biggest breakthroughs in the Healthcare industry and this is just another example of that happening. A 30-year-old Frenchman named Thibault, who was paralyzed from the shoulders down was able to walk in the controlled environment of a lab in an exoskeleton suit. For someone who hasn't been able to walk for the four two years due to a spinal injury, imagine the emotions he must have gone through when he took that first small step. Earlier, I had written about a couple of other mind-reading devices already in the making.

Sceptical about smart technology?


Video doorbells seem to be the must-have smart home kit. They give you peace of mind when you're out or away – and, on dark nights, when you're in. But according to new research by Money Saving Heroes, they're the least trusted home technology. Other smart home devices come under fire, and as much as a third of us doesn't trust the upcoming 5G rollout, with many of those asked suggesting they would opt out if given the chance. For those with an interest in technology and the Internet of Things, it can be difficult to understand what exactly it is that sceptics are concerned about.

How Ray Kurzweil predicted the birth of Google, Deep Blue, and the rise of AI decades in advance- Technology News, Firstpost


"It is difficult to make predictions", goes the old joke, "especially about the future." However, there is one way in which we can predict the rate of change. It is called Moore's Law, named after Gordon Moore the founder of the computer chip company Intel. More than 50 years ago, he observed that the computing power that was available at a fixed price doubled every 18 months or so. This was based on the number of transistors that could be fixed on a chip.

Paralyzed Frenchman hails 'feat' of walking again with robot exoskeleton

The Japan Times

GRENOBLE, FRANCE – The French tetraplegic man who has been able to walk again using a pioneering four-limb robotic system, or exoskeleton, said walking was a major feat for him after being immobile for years. The French scientists behind the system, which was publicly unveiled last week, use a system of sensors implanted near the brain that send signals to the robotic system, moving the patient's legs and arms. Speaking to media on Monday in the French city of Grenoble, the 28-year-old patient, who was identified only by his first name, Thibault, said he had to re-educate to use his brain when he started to try the whole-body exoskeleton. "As I hadn't moved for two years I had to re-learn to use my brain," he said. "At the beginning, walking was very difficult. Now I can stand up for two hours in the exoskeleton and I can do walking cycles for a very long time," he also said.

Paralyzed man able to walk with mind-controlled exoskeleton suit


A paralyzed man was able to walk using a mind-controlled robotic suit, French researchers report. The 30-year-old man, identified only as Thibault, moved all four of his paralyzed limbs using an exoskeleton controlled by his brain. Thibault said walking in the suit was like being the "first man on the moon," according to the BBC. While his movements were far from perfect, researchers believe the suit could one day improve patients' quality of life. So far, Thibault has only only tested it in the lab at Clinatec and the University of Grenoble in France.

Chatbots: could they replace human agents for business travel?


In the year that Stanley Kubrick's film 2001: A Space Odyssey turns 50, you could be forgiven for asking where is the space-age future we were promised? Many still choose to travel to meetings in favour of using videophones and we don't have a permanent colony on the Moon, let alone Jupiter. Teleconferencing technology is improving though as just a few weeks ago Canadian researchers unveiled the TeleHuman 2, a 3D holographic projection system that smacks of the Star Trek holodeck. The system is based on a ring of intelligent projectors mounted above and around a reflective, human-sized cylindrical pod. The display projects a light field composed of many images, one for every degree of angle, so users need not wear a headset or 3D glasses to see each other.

Driven By Need for Data and Improved Access, Outcomes, the Future of Psychiatry Is Digital


Emerging technologies have the potential to push psychiatry into a new era of evidence-based care, with improved treatment and access. During a presentation about the future of psychiatry at a meeting of mental health professionals, Arshya Vahabzadeh, MD, asked his audience to raise their hands if they were already practicing telepsychiatry. Scattered around the packed convention center ballroom, just a dozen or a few more participants raised their hands. "Telepsychiatry is booming," said Vahabzadeh, the chief medical officer of Brain Power, a neuroscience tech startup that makes artificial intelligence (AI)–based, gamified wearables for people with developmental disorders, like autism, or other brain conditions. More hands would be in the air at the next meeting, he said.

The Magic Of Smart Mirrors: Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality And The Internet of Things


"Mirror, mirror on the wall. . The idea of a mirror not only reflecting your image back to you but also augmenting it is no longer a fairytale. Several companies have made significant progress in creating smart mirrors, also called digital mirrors or smart displays, that can help you in the dressing room as well as when you're in the hair stylist's seat or shopping for makeup. The silver-glassed mirrors most of us are familiar with today got their start more than 200 years ago in Germany. While they still serve a useful purpose when reflecting your image back to you, some fashion and beauty leaders figured that if you added smart technology to mirrors, they could elevate the customer experience.