Robotic Arms: Merging Technology with Healthcare
Next-generation robotics and automation technologies are emerging to promise further advances in biomechatronic arms and legs. Fulton Schools Professor Marco Santello is among biomedical engineers leading efforts to improve prosthetic technology. He is developing SoftHand Pro, the first prosthetic that will combine soft robotic technologies and natural biomechanics of the human hand to help restore functionality. Other similar types of prosthetics are being developed to replace ankles and feet, knees, legs and arms. The most successful of the new prosthetic technologies achieve a close coordination of robotic limbs that work in coordination with human brain signals. Santello is collaborating with Mayo Clinic researchers on new designs for technology that integrates biology and robots. Read more about this work.