Dec 072005
 

Rheo KneeHugh Herr, director of MIT’s Biomechatronics Group, has created the Rheo Knee, an artificial knee with an integrated microprocessor that both learns the user’s walking style and is able to quickly react and adapt to changes in terrain. The microprocessor calculates the position of the knee and the load on the limb 1000 times per second, continually learning the wearer’s gait and optimizing the proper resistance in the joint for each step.

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Oct 072005
 

Europe, home to many cutting-edge robotics projects, could fall behind the rest of the world if funding for such programs fails to keep pace over the next several years suggests Viviane Reding, an EU Commissioner of information society and media issues. She is asking both government bodies and private industry to act quickly in order to secure Europe’s place as a leader and pioneer of robotics research.

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