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An early stage startup investor made its term sheet public to increase transparency in tech investment

Early stage startup investor Forward Partners has published its pre-seed term sheet, giving entrepreneurs a detailed look at what they can expect from a funding deal.<p>You can see the term sheet below.<p>A term sheet is a non-binding agreement between a startup founder and their investor, and covers …

Venture Capital

Smarter Amputations Will Make for Swifter, Better Cyborgs

The old adage of “measure twice, cut once” may soon be applied to medicine. Even though robotic prosthetics are often lifelike and capable of precise …

War

Military-funded prosthetic technologies benefit more than just veterans

In 1905, an Ohio farmer survived a railroad accident that cost him both of his legs. Two years later, he founded the Ohio Willow Wood company, using …

Prosthetics

Brain implant allows paralyzed people to control an exoskeleton with their mind

A new device could let paralyzed people control exoskeletons with their thoughts. Developed by researchers at the University of Melbourne, the device …

The Brain

MindMaze offers VR treatment for stroke victims in the U.S.

Swiss startup MindMaze, which raised $100 million in funding, has launched its MindMaze Pro virtual reality treatment for stroke recovery patients in the U.S.<p>The launch shows that VR is for more than just games, as it stands at the intersection of neuroscience and entertainment. The launch is the …

Lowe’s prototype exoskeletons give warehouse workers a boost

The non-motorized exoskeletons are currently being trialled in a store in Virginia<p>Hardware chain Lowe’s is outfitting employees with a simple exoskeleton to help them on the job. The company has partnered with Virginia Tech to develop the technology, which makes lifting and moving heavy objects …

Robotics

An AI-powered bionic hand will know what it's grabbing

The hand uses computer vision to pick the right grip for the object in front of it<p>When the wearer of a prosthetic arm wants to grab something, there are a number of ways they can communicate this signal. With a basic prosthetic, the grip mechanism might be controlled mechanically, with a cable …

Robotics

Why Germany Still Has So Many Middle-Class Manufacturing Jobs

Only about 1.1% of the world population is German. However, 48% of the mid-sized world market leaders come from Germany. These firms, which I call “Hidden Champions,” are part of what makes German economic growth more inclusive: by my calculations, they have created 1.5 million new jobs; have grown …

German History

Robot exoskeletons are finally here, and they’re nothing like the suits from Iron Man

Hollywood set a high bar for exoskeleton suits. Technology imagined in <i>Iron Man</i>, <i>Aliens,</i> and <i>Edge of Tomorrow</i> all endow humans with superhuman abilities. After years of tinkering and military adventures, the first exoskeleton suits are finally walking out of the lab and into the market. Rather than …

Robotics

This prosthetic arm is powered by Bluetooth and your mind

Robotic limbs aren't a new technology, though the range of motion and strength of such limbs continue to improve. Controlling prosthetics with your mind is another area of refinement, but they're typically connected directly to a patient's brain. A new technique where the robotic arm clicks …

Robotics

Finanzinvestoren zahlen für Stada 5,3 Milliarden Euro | Reuters

Frankfurt (Reuters) - Der hessische Arzneimittelhersteller Stada wird für 5,3 Milliarden Euro an zwei Finanzinvestoren verkauft.<p>The logo of the pharmaceutical company Stada Arzneimittel AG is pictured at its headquarters in Bad Vilbel near Frankfurt March 14, 2012. German generic drugmaker Stada, …

3D-printed titanium parts could save Boeing up to $3 million per plane

The parts are the first structural airplane components to be approved by the FAA<p>3D printing may not be the home phenomenon many hoped for, but the technology continues to find a place in the world of industrial manufacturing. <i>Reuters</i> reports that Boeing will start using 3D-printed titanium parts in …

3D Printing

Bionic Arms Get a Thought-Control Upgrade

Pattern recognition software enables amputees to control prostheses in a natural and intuitive way Photo: Matthew Stout/SikichJodie O’Connell-Ponkos …

Luke Skywalker

Brain-Controlled Bionic Legs Are Finally Here

No, really. Amputees have been testing them for over a year<p>For a full decade, Gudmundur Olafsson was unable to move his right ankle. That's because it wasn't there. Olafsson's amputated lower leg was the delayed casualty of an accident from his childhood in Iceland, when he was hit by an oil truck. …

Robotics

Stretchy Artificial Skin Lets Prosthetic Hand Sense Heat, Humidity, and Pressure

It's so sophisticated, it can even tell the difference between a dry and soggy diaper<p>Prosthetic limbs that can be controlled by an amputee’s thoughts or muscle movements already exist. But what if they could also sense the environment and then send that information back to the amputee’s nervous …

Researchers Just Developed a Way for Prosthetic Hands to "Feel"

New research into the sense of touch gives prosthetic hands the ability to feel.<p>A prosthetic hand can high-five, caress a face, and even interlace …

University of Chicago

Festo und der 3D-Druck

Der 3D Cocooner aus dem Bionic Learning Network von Festo. Bild: Festo<p>Eine spannende Frage vor der Hannover Messe wurde gestern beantwortet: Festo …

Harnessing The Power Of Mobile For Healthcare

Aashima Gupta Contributor<p>Aashima Gupta is vice president of digital transformation for healthcare at Apigee and the former executive director of digital technology incubation and solutions at Kaiser Permanente.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Ignorance almost killed our best shot at EMR …

Digital Health

Man paralysed from neck down regains arm movement with innovative brain prosthesis

The patient was able to move his right arm to feed himself for the first time in eight years.<p>A quadriplegic man who hadn't moved his right arm for …

Is R&D Getting Harder, or Are Companies Just Getting Worse At It?

We know innovation drives corporate growth. As Strategy& reported in its 2015 survey of 1,757 executives, “innovation today is a key driver of organic growth for all companies — regardless of sector or geography.” According to that report, the top 1,000 R&D spenders invested $680 billion in R&D …

Innovation

The Promise of 3-D Printing Body Parts

Cheap, easy-made prosthetics could address a major need in developing nations.<p>He was barely a teenager when he was grabbed by a Sudanese guerrilla army and forced to become a child soldier. He was made to endure weeks of walking with so little food and water that some of his fellow captives died. …

3D Printing

Redesigning Care for High-Cost, High-Risk Patients

Amid the political uncertainties that continue to cloud the future of U.S. health care, one thing hasn’t changed: Patients, clinicians, health plans, payers, and policy makers are still striving to achieve better outcomes at lower costs. Given the heavy financial burden that health care is imposing …

Health Care

We Can Print Human Skin Now

This may be technology at its coolest. Or grossest. Or both. We’d say both. Scientists in Madrid have figured out a way to produce functional sheets …

Technology can’t replace the human touch

Everywhere you turn these days, there’s talk of automation replacing people. Technology is surely advancing at a rapid rate, and in today’s click-driven media environment, sensationalism sells, but just because tech can replace a human worker doesn’t mean we’re always going to want that. In some …

Artificial Intelligence

Superflex unveils powered super clothing created with designer Yves Béhar

Superflex has unveiled its “powered clothing” to help elderly people stand and walk more easily with the assistance of its science-fiction-like powersuits.<p>Superflex took ideas for futuristic military armor, which enables soldiers to carry heavy packs or jump through the air, and applied them to the …

Product Design

Hyundai's Robotic Human Exoskeleton Technology Has Progressed, Is Even Cooler

Early in 2016, news trickled out of Hyundai that the company was working on an Iron Man–like robotic human exoskeleton. We were intrigued, but information at the time was limited, and Hyundai didn’t share much beyond some images and the simple fact that it was working on the technology. Now at the …

Robotics

Controlling a Hand Exoskeleton With Your Mind

Researchers have developed a hand exoskeleton that can be controlled solely by thoughts and eye movements, according to a report published yesterday …

Robotics

New NHS Funding For Advanced Prosthetics Could Lead To Lower Patient Injury Rates And Aid Future Technology Development

NHS England recently announced that it is making 10 more treatments freely available to patients that were previously only accessible to those on …

Prosthetics

FDA issues final guidance on medical devices' cybersecurity

The Food and Drug Administration has issued its final guidance on protecting medical devices like pacemakers and insulin pumps from cyberattacks. To start with, it wants manufacturers to boost their cybersecurity measures by incorporating a way to monitor and detect vulnerabilities into the …

Forging prosthetics from plastic for a pittance

Victoria Hand Project harnesses technology and a network of technicians to help amputees around the world<p><i>Things That Work: The Globe and Mail looks at businesses, services and other projects in British Columbia that aren't often talked about because they actually work.</i><p>In a small, windowless lab in …