Tag Archives: Bionics

Restoring touch for amputees using a touch-sensitive prosthetic hand

New research at the University of Chicago is laying the groundwork for touch-sensitive prosthetic limbs that one day could convey real-time sensory information to amputees via a direct interface with the brain (credit: PNAS) New research at the University of Chicago is laying the groundwork for touch-sensitive prosthetic limbs that one day could convey real-time sensory information to amputees via […]

Russia developing anti-terrorist robots

Robots at the Robofest-2013 youth festival in Moscow (credit: RIA Novosti, Artem Zhitenev) Russian experts are developing robots designed to minimize casualties in terrorist attacks and neutralize terrorists, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on May 17, RIA Novosti reports. Robots could also help evacuate injured servicemen and civilians from the scene of a terrorist attack, […]

Organic transistors for brain mapping

This electrocorticography (ECoG) sensor array with transistors can now obtain direct, high-quality amplification and brain-signal recording (credit: Department of Bioelectronics, Ecole des Mines) To improve brain mapping, a group of French scientists have produced the world’s first biocompatible microscopic organic transistors that can amplify and record signals directly from the surface of the brain, building on prototypes […]

Wireless device powers implanted blood-pressure sensor, eliminating batteries

A handheld reader (top right) wirelessly powers and interrogates a tiny blood-pressure sensor embedded inside a prosthetic graft, inserted in this case as a conduit for hemodialysis in a patient with kidney failure (credit: A*STAR Institute of Microelectronics) Researchers at A*STAR Institute of Microelectronics in Singapore are developing a prototype wireless device that powers an implanted blood-pressure sensor, eliminating […]

How would you like to invest in immortality?

Dmitry Itskov (credit: 2045 Initiative) With his 2045 Initiative, Russian Internet mogul Dmitry Itskov is looking for backers for the world’s first immortality research center. The new venture sells itself: invest in his new research and development interest and the payoff could be immortality, reports Fortune. A new corporate entity that the Russian multi-millionaire will formally announce at […]

The age of enhancement

Spiderman (credit: Columbia Pictures) Technology is starting to give us superpowers once reserved for comic-book heroes, Slate reports. Human enhancement is happening all the time, largely through incremental improvements on existing technologies. Wearable technology is taking off. Muscle suits are starting to look more plausible. The military is working on “Spider-Man suits” that let the wearer scale vertical walls. […]

NEW RETINAL IMPLANT GIVES SIGHT TO NINE BLIND PEOPLE

1500 pixels, with no camera required; patients able to read letters Subretinal implant (credit: K. Stingl et al./Proc. Royal Soc. B) German and Hungarian researchers have brought sight to nine blind patients with hereditary retinal degeneration, using a subretinally implanted microelectronic chip with 1500 pixels. The chip size is approximately 3mm x 3mm and is […]

MIND-MELD BRAIN POWER IS BEST FOR STEERING SPACESHIPS

BCI system (credit: University of Essex) Researchers are discovering that they get better results in some tasks by combining the signals from multiple brain-computer interface (BCI) users. Until now, this “collaborative BCI” technique has been used in simple pattern-recognition tasks, but a team at the University of Essex in the UK wanted to test it more rigorously, New […]

HOW TO BUILD A BIONIC MAN

Rex (credit: Channel 4) Rex the bionic man shows how close technology is to catching up with — and exceeding — the abilities of the human body, The Guardian reports. Housed within a frame of state-of-the-art prosthetic limbs is a functional heart-lung system, complete with artificial blood pumping through a network of pulsating modified-polymer arteries. He has […]

WOMAN WITH QUADRIPLEGIA FEEDS HERSELF CHOCOLATE USING MIND-CONTROLLED ROBOT ARM

Jan Scheuermann, who has quadriplegia, brings a chocolate bar to her mouth using a robot arm she is guiding with her thoughts, while researcher Elke Brown, M.D., watches in the background (credit: UPMC) Reaching out to “high five” someone, grasping and moving objects of different shapes and sizes, feeding herself dark chocolate. For Jan Scheuermann […]