The Lisa/S chip is 4 square centimeters — about the same size as a Euro coin. But packed into this 1.9 gram chip is everything you need to autopilot an aerial drone.
Cyberdyne Robotic Suit Certified As Medical Device In Germany
TOKYO (Nikkei)—Cyberdyne Inc. announced plans Monday to offer its robotic suit as a medical device in Europe now that the product has received international certification.
In medical applications, the University of Tsukuba start-up’s HAL wearable robot is meant to aid individuals who do not have full use of their legs, helping them to walk and perform other activities.
Cyberdyne will export about a dozen HAL units for clinical trials to be conducted at German hospital group Bergmannsheil. The robots will be worn by those with leg disabilities from spinal cord injuries, strokes or muscular dystrophy as part of trials to assess whether HAL can be covered by workers’ compensation insurance.HAL was certified as medical equipment by Germany-based TUV Rheinland after Cyberdyne made more than 130 improvements in safety and other areas. It has been granted the CE Marking needed for use in clinical trials in Europe. This marks the first time than a wearable robot has been certified in Europe, according to the developer.
Each subject will undergo rehabilitation for about three months to study how robotics have helped them walk. A total of 100 individuals are to participate.
Cyberdyne plans to eventually sell HAL as a medical device in the U.S. and Asia.
TED Talk by Bastian Schaefer: A 3D-printed jumbo jet?
Designer Bastian Schaefer shows off a speculative design for the future of jet planes, with a skeleton inspired by strong, flexible, natural forms and by the needs of the world’s, ahem, growing population. Imagine an airplane that’s full of light and space — and built up from generative parts in a 3D printer.
Remember, “Don’t be evil.”
Google Investing in Drone Autopilot Systems
Google’s venture capital arm announced yesterday that it is investing $10.7 million in a company that makes drone brains. The company, Airware, builds autopilots for unmanned aerial systems.
Because space and weight are at a premium on drones, especially small ones, Airware’s systems can get pretty tiny—one model weighs 32 grams, or about the same as a pocketful of coins.
Airware made news in January (under their previous name of Unmanned Innovations, Inc.) when a Kenyan wildlife conservation group purchased one of its drones to fly over a nature preserve and watch for poachers.