September 29, 2017

New Scientist Live

In September, Dr. Vaidyanathan appeared as a speaker at the New Scientist Live Event in London. Alex Lewis and Sam Wilson were on stage to provide a live demonstration of some of the labs technology, and were available to answer questions on the practicalities of getting the research to market. The Event was attended by over 30,000 people.

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September 18, 2017

BBC News Special

BBC News highlights Alex Lewis, Athletec, and the Biomechatronics Laboratory in a feature on assistive technology streamed live with quesitons across the globe.  See:

https://www.facebook.com/bbcnews/videos/10155125665807217/

Students Sam Wilson, Fiona Boyce, and Tim Blower (from Athletec) demonstrate some of our latest work.

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July 26, 2017

Corner Smart Boxing System

 
 
BBC Sport has just published a feature on the Corner Smart Boxing System, spun out of our laboratory by Biomechatronics student Charles Burr: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/boxing/39489636 

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February 20, 2017

Press coverage for the Biomechatronics Lab

The robotic hand, photo by Thomas Angus

The work of Biomechatronics Lab members is often featured in the media, in both specialist and mainstream outlets. Here is some of our recent press coverage:

  • Students Charles Burr (now CEO of Athletec) and Yuha Gu are interviewed by ICL on their work in Biomechatronics and combat sports (March 2017)
  • A BBC interview with director Dr Vaidyanathan on drone safety after an accident in the USA (March 2017)
  • A Financial Times article on big data mentions Imperial collaboration on a project with McLaren (November 2016) 
  • PhD students Chris Caulcrick and James Clarke, and their supervisor Dr Ravi Vaidyanathan appeared on BBC Click Live (November 2016) 
  • In July 2016, PhD student Paolo Angeles won the IET award for Most Promising Innovation in Robotics (press release here
  • New Atlas Magazine published an article on the Lab’s sensor-connected sleeve for stroke rehabilitation (February 2016) 
  • A feature in Professional Engineering magazine (edited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers) focuses on kinetic frames for surgical tools developed in the Biomechatronics Lab (February 2015)
  • Corner by Athletec, a wearable device and app for monitoring boxing performance, originated in a project developed in our lab. It had several media appearances, including:

- A Gadget Show appearance on Channel 5 (May 2016) 

- A feature in Urban Wearables (May 2016) 

Gadget of the Month in Wearable Technologies (March 2016) 

- Highlighted in a IEEE Spectrum article on wearables (February 2016) 

  • Another Biomechatronics Lab project that attracted media attention was the robotic hand controlled by muscle vibrations, which appeared, amongst others, on iTV News (March 2016), in the New Scientist (December 2015) and in Eureka! Magazine (December 2015)

In addition, Dr Ravi Vaidyanathan is often interviewed to provide expert opinions on topics related to his work. His expert opinion has been solicited on future flying taxis (January 2017), using drones for humanitarian aid (October 2016) and geo-fencing drones (July 2016) for the BBC.

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December 31, 2016

BBC Click Live

PhD students Chris Caulcrick and James Clarke from the Biomechatronics Laboratory appeared on Monday on BBC Click Live.

The two, accompanied by their supervisor Dr Ravi Vaidyanathan, were invited on the inaugural episode of the broadcast to showcase the research of their team at Imperial College London.

During the technology-focused programme, Dr Vaidyanathan talked about a sensor system enabling users to control devices through muscle vibrations, while James and Chris demonstrated some of its uses in live demonstrations for the studio audience.

The Biomechatronics team presented to viewers a robotic hand that ‘listens’ to mechanical vibrations in the muscles of the user. The new sensor technology could make robotic prosthetics cheaper to manufacture and easier to use for patients with missing limbs.

The Imperial researchers also showed how the sensors could help a paralysed patient play computer games via eye muscle movements, and how a cyclist could shift bike gears through a simple flexing of his biceps.

The show was aired on TV as a part of BBC Click's New Year's Eve Special, which the BBC released on the web in Jan (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-38651446

The full live Click broadcast is available on the BBC News Facebook page (Biomechatronics Lab appears aroud min 25).

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