Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. 24/7 Space News .




Subscribe to our free daily newsletters



ROBO SPACE
Emma the robot masseuse gets to work in Singapore
by Staff Writers
Singapore (AFP) Oct 13, 2017


A robot masseuse named Emma is offering Singaporeans high-tech back rubs with a gigantic metal arm and warm silicone tips which its creators say perfectly mimic the human touch.

The robot, the brainchild of local startup AiTreat, began work at a clinic in the city-state this week and performs "tui na", a type of massage practised in traditional Chinese medicine.

Emma, which stands for Expert Manipulative Massage Automation, consists of a white metal arm with heated silicone tips that mimic the human palm and thumb, with customers massaged while lying on a bed.

For Sg$68 (US$50), customers at the traditional Chinese medicine clinic get half an hour of robotic massage -- on the back or other parts of the body that are aching -- five minutes of massage by a human therapist and around 20 minutes of acupuncture.

Calista Lim, a Beijing-trained physician at the NovaHealth TCM clinic, said the robot eases her workload, allowing her to focus on seeing more patients.

"There are days that... humans feel a little tired or under the weather and they may be a little reluctant to do extra work," she told AFP.

"But for Emma, once I say go, then she goes to work."

She said the massage robot is also useful in plugging a labour shortage, as it can be difficult to find good therapists in Singapore.

"Tui na" involves applying pressure to certain points of the body. Practitioners of Chinese medicine believe it can help relieve various ailments from headaches to depression.

Zhang Yizhong, chief executive of AiTreat, which was nurtured by the city-state's Nanyang Technological University, said Emma uses sensors to detect stiffness in the human body and how well blood is flowing to more effectively massage patients.

Still, Lim conceded some patients were initially apprehensive about being massaged by a machine "because they watch a lot of horror movies".

But most warmed to the idea after trying it out.

Elaine Low, 35, who suffers from back pain, said she enjoyed the experience.

"It feels very warm, very comfortable," she said.

Traditional Chinese medicine, which uses herbal medicines and techniques such as acupuncture, is popular in Singapore where most of the population are ethnic Chinese.

ROBO SPACE
US spacewalkers repair aging ISS robotic arm
Miami (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Two NASA astronauts wrapped up a successful spacewalk Thursday to repair the International Space Station's aging robotic arm, the US space agency said. The outing by Americans Randy Bresnik and Mark Vande Hei ended at 3 pm (1900 GMT), marking a "very successful day," a NASA spokesman said. The spacewalk lasted six hours and 55 minutes, almost a half hour longer than planned because the p ... read more

Related Links
All about the robots on Earth and beyond!


Thanks for being here;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.

SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once


credit card or paypal
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5 Billed Monthly


paypal only

Comment using your Disqus, Facebook, Google or Twitter login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

ROBO SPACE
NASA May Extend BEAM's Time on the International Space Station

USNO Astronomers Measure New Distances To Nearby Stars

OECD calls for tourism to be more sustainable

Alaska antenna to improve NASA's space communications system

ROBO SPACE
Arianespace to launch COSMO-SkyMed satellites manufactured by Thales

New Zealand opens first rocket launch site

Arianespace signs contract for 10 Vega and Vega C launchers

Launch Vehicle and Missile Ascent Trajectories

ROBO SPACE
Another Chance to Put Your Name on Mars

Lockheed Martin Reveals New Details to its Mars Base Camp Vision

Fresh Look at Old Data Yields Surprise Near Martian Equator

Methane belches kept water flowing on ancient Mars

ROBO SPACE
China launches three satellites

Mars probe to carry 13 types of payload on 2020 mission

UN official commends China's role in space cooperation

China's cargo spacecraft separates from Tiangong-2 space lab

ROBO SPACE
GomSpace and Luxembourg to develop space activities in the Grand Duchy

Private companies are launching a new space race

L-Band Satellite Operators Need To Reposition

Spacepath Communications Acquires Tango Wave

ROBO SPACE
Oculus unveils standalone virtual reality headset

Microlasers get a performance boost from a bit of gold

Students, researchers turn algae into renewable flip-flops

New test opens path for better 2-D catalysts

ROBO SPACE
MATISSE to Shed Light on the Formation of Earth and Planets

Glenn Tests Thruster Bound for Metal World

Searching for Distant Worlds With a Flying Telescope

Scientists propose new concept of terrestrial planet formation

ROBO SPACE
Helicopter test for Jupiter icy moons radar

Solving the Mystery of Pluto's Giant Blades of Ice

Global Aerospace Corporation to present Pluto lander concept to NASA

Pluto features given first official names




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News






The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2017 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement