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Healthcare robots and devices are used to assist in care giving and personal care.

They can, for example, support seniors who want to remain independent in daily life by helping them with bathing or getting out of bed.

Other robotic devices have been designed to assist amputees, patients with severe mobility issues or those with degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

Healthcare robots and robotic devices can also be used to assist medical personnel with patient care and during treatment or surgery.

 

 

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  • Mobile Arm Support (MAS)

    The Dutch robotics project "Mobile Arm Support" was aimed at helping people with limited arm and shoulder strength to regain more arm and shoulder functionality. The result was an adjustable robotics device that may help regaining some strength.

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  • Logo Bobbie Bobbie

    Bobbie Robotics, inspired by recent Dutch Robotics developments, is working to set up a Dutch industry with the ability to develop care assistance robots. Rising health care costs and a shortage of skilled care could be offset with the design a robot…

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  • Logo CompanionAble CompanionAble

    The CompanionAble project is a Robotics project aimed at developing an affordable robotics home companion for the elderly. This robot, Hector, can the elderly can live semi-independently at home for as long as possible. It responds when the user calls…

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  • Robotarm Jaco

    The project Jaco is a robotic device designed by Kinova Rehab to help disabled people regain freedom. It is weather resistant and has a hand with three fingers that can be individually controlled. It gives people the ability to grasp objects such as a…

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  • Logo Evryon Evryon

    The Robotics project Evryon aims to design wearable robotic suits (exoskeletons) to help the elderly in restoring mobility and strength for those who lack them. These suits will be power efficient and lightweight and will be tested on elderly people to…

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  • Logo Eye RHAS Eye RHAS

    The Eye RHAS is a breakthrough in Dutch Robotics for vitreoretinal eye surgery. It allows the surgeon to feel the same pressures the robot enacts upon the patient, minimizing risk of injury during the surgery. The machine also replaces the steady human…

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  • Logo IROMEC IROMEC

    The Dutch Robotics project IROMEC was created with the goal of functioning as a social mediator to cover all the areas that children with disabilities do normally not have access to. This will help them have new opportunities, prevent isolation and let…

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  • Logo KSERA KSERA

    The KSERA robotics project, is a research project about service robots for the elderly. The main goal of this project is to develop a Socially Assistive Robot that can help the elderly in their daily lives, especially people with Chronic Obstructive…

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  • Logo Lopes Lopes

    The Dutch Robotics project LOPES was designed to help people who have had a stroke regain leg function and learn to walk again. The person walks on a treadmill the robot is attached to. Although there are still bugs to be worked out, LOPES has provided…

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  • Logo MIAS ATD MIAS ATD

    Dutch robotics project Active Therapeutic Devices (ATD) is developing robotic devices to help people with the rehabilitation of the upper extremities without the help of a therapist, easing the burden on health care and improving the motivation of patients.

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  • Logo MindWalker MindWalker

    The Dutch Robotics project Mindwalker is a wearable robot "suit" designed to help disabled people walk again. Using Brain-Computer Interface technology, the exoskeleton will support the patient and trigger correct brain control signals. The end product…

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  • Logo McArm (Motion Controlled Arm Support) McArm (Motion Controlled Arm Support)

    The McArm is a Dutch Robotics project that aims aims to develop a smart dynamic arm support system to provide extra support for people without all their strength and motor functions, such as in people who have had a stroke. The McArm is a smart system…

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  • Logo Myopro Myopro

    The Myopro robotics project intends to increase the functionality of the Myoelectric prosthetic by improving the brain-to-mechanism signals. This will increase the degrees of freedom in these mechanisms, improve sensory feedback and help the owner to…

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  • Logo NeuroSIPE NeuroSIPE

    The NeuroSIPE program is a cooperative program among Dutch Universities and medical centers. Their goal is to develop new tools for neurological disorders, using closed-loop system identification techniques. By addressing the CNS as a closed-loop system,…

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  • Logo Paro interventions Paro interventions

    Paro is Dutch Robotics project designed to improve the mental and physical well-being of people with dementia. Paro was developed to reduce patient stress and increase patient interaction among themselves, and to reduce the strain on health care systems.…

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  • Logo PITON PITON

    The PITON is the first steerable MRI compatible robotics instrument. This Dutch robotics project is a needle that is equipped with sensors that will pick up signals for the surrounding tissue. This will enable the robot to find the best way to administer…

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  • Logo ReflexLeg ReflexLeg

    Project Reflexleg aims to help people with prosthetic legs have more natural movement with the leg and to secure a natural connection of the leg and the prosthetic that goes in both directions. This Dutch Robotics project also hopes to make the leg work…

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  • Logo ROBAR ROBAR

    ROBAR is a Dutch Robotics project designed to help patients who suffered a stroke with arm rehabilitation. Robot arm support can automate treatment, allowing patients to work on their own rehabilitation. The systems have been installed in 7 different…

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  • Robotic Needle Steering

    Robot Needle Steering has the potential to increase needle control and decrease the likelihood of invasive wounds. Recent studies on robot guided needles show there are large advantages to be gained; however, there are also problems that must be worked…

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  • Logo Robotics for flexible endoscope steering Robotics for flexible endoscope steering

    Robotics endoscopy manipulation can be a significant asset to doctors. It allows them to improve the efficiency and precision of the endoscopy. The physician will use a remote control connected to the drive system of the robotic endoscope. Most doctors…

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  • Logo SOFIE SOFIE

    The Sofie robotics project at the Dutch Eindhoven University focuses on building a robotic arm system for surgery. Unlike previous robotic arms, Sofie has haptic feedback. The surgeon can actually feel the pressure that Sofie is providing to the patient.

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  • Logo Summer course 'Caring robots' Summer course 'Caring robots'

    A two week course in robotics, Caring Robots, was developed with the goal of exploring the future of robotics in healthcare. Students focus on learning for one week, then cooperate to try and develop something new for the world of caring robots to help…

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  • Logo TeleFlex TeleFlex

    Teleflex is a Dutch Robotics project that can improve the quality and reduce the cost of some invasive surgeries. With this robotic manipulator, only one surgeon is needed to work the endoscope instead of two. This will make surgeries easier to do and…

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  • Logo Teleoperated Service Robot (Rose) Teleoperated Service Robot (Rose)

    The Dutch Robotics project: Teleoperated Service Robot (Rose) will help elderly and disabled people in their home while being controlled elsewhere by an operator. ROSE will hopefully be ready in a few years and relieve some healthcare system stress.

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  • Logo VirtuRob VirtuRob

    VirtuRob is a Dutch Robotics project to help alleviate the costs of health care by offering arm and hand therapy at home with robotic devices. Training at home gives patients more freedom and encourages them to keep pushing the limits. The devices reduce…

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  • Logo WiiTM-habilitation of Upper Extremity Function WiiTM-habilitation of Upper Extremity Function

    The Roessingh Rehabilitation Centre developed the Wii project to study children with Cerebral Palsy. By evaluating the effect these virtual games have on child rehabilitation for this condition, they can determine if might be a good way to keep them interested…

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  • Logo WikiTherapist WikiTherapist

    The Dutch robotics WikiTherapist project intends to develop software for therapists to develop and run their own easy-to-use programs for their patients. The therapist simply indicates what he/she hopes to achieve and the software does the rest.

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  • Logo X-arm X-arm

    The Dutch Robotics project X-Arm has the goal of reducing back problems and easing the physical burden for healthcare workers. They have developed LabCoat, a portable back support device which has received positive feedback. This will help employees who…

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  • Logo Romeo Romeo

    Project Romeo aims at developing a humanoid assistive robot that will assist people who depend on others for help. The main objective of this project is to design a robot that can serve as a personal assistant for people facing autonomy or mobility issues.

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  • Logo Accompany Accompany

    ACCOMPANY is a robotics project set to develop the Care-O-bot 3 into a caring and emotionally stimulating social robot for the elderly.

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