Mind Controlled Bionic Limbs In the George Lucas classic Star Wars, hero Luke Skywalker’s arm is severed and amputated during a lightsaber fight and consequently fitted with a bionic arm that he can use as if it were his own limb. At the time the script was written, such a remedy was pure science fiction; however, the ability to manufacture bionic arms that have the functionality and even feel of a natural limb is becoming very real, with goals of launching a prototype as soon as 2009. Already, primates have been trained to feed themselves using a robotic arm merely by thinking about it, while brain sensors have been picking up their brain-signal patterns since 2003. The time has come for implementing this technology on paralyzed human patients and amputees.
3-D Printer Brings Dexterity To Children With No Fingers : Shots - Health News Hide caption One version of the Robohand includes 3-D printed parts assembled with metal hardware. New parts can be easily "printed" as the child grows. Courtesy of Makerbot Hide caption Ivan Owen, a special effects artist in Bellingham, Wash., creates large mechanical hands. 3 prosthetic hand pre-launch - bebionic 31, May 2012 RSLSteeper once again attended the Orthophädie + REHA-Technik World Congress & Trade Show in Leipzig Germany, and had a prominent stand at the entrance of Hall 3. Visitors to the stand were able to see the latest version of the bebionic hand in action and discuss its unique features and functions with RSLSteeper staff. The fully interactive display generated great interest from clinicians, commercial partners, government organisations, members of the public, students and competitors alike.
Scientists Identify Gene Required for Nerve Regeneration A gene that is associated with regeneration of injured nerve cells has been identified by a team of researchers led by Prof Melissa Rolls of Penn State University. In fruit flies with two normal copies of the spastin gene, a team of scientists led by Prof Melissa Rolls of Penn State University found that severed axons were able to regenerate. However, in fruit flies with two or even only one abnormal spastin gene, the severed axons were not able to regenerate (Melissa Rolls / Penn State University) The team has found that a mutation in a single gene can entirely shut down the process by which axons – the parts of the nerve cell that are responsible for sending signals to other cells – regrow themselves after being cut or damaged. “We are hopeful that this discovery will open the door to new research related to spinal-cord and other neurological disorders in humans,” said Prof Rolls, who co-authored a paper published online in the journal Cell Reports.
Robotic brain 'learns' skills from the internet 26 August 2014Last updated at 08:47 ET Robots designed for a range of tasks are already being developed A super-intelligent robotic "brain" that can learn new skills by browsing millions of web pages has been developed by US researchers. Robo Brain is designed to acquire a vast range of skills and knowledge from publicly available information sources such as YouTube. The information it learns can then be accessed by robots around the world, helping them to perform everyday tasks. Bionic humans are about to get an upgrade, thanks to monkey cyborgs A - Given that decoding the human genome went from being something incredibly complex that would cost millions and take years to do, to something that can be done via mail-order and a couple hundred bucks in just a couple of decades, I doubt that it'll be centuries before we understand the human brain. Probably more like a few decades. B - We needn't develop directly analogous bionics to be a significant threat to what exists in nature (and ourselves). Consider an autonomous supply chain that was able to recreate all of its components without human intervention, perfect generational copying, as well as guided evolution of new versions.
Injected Oxygen Particle Allows You to Live Without Breathing September 22, 2012 “A team of scientists at the Boston Children’s Hospital have invented what is being considered one the greatest medical breakthroughs in recent years.” From TechWench.com, "Scientists Invent Oxygen Particle That If Injected, Allows You To Live Without Breathing."
HowStuffWorks "Making Prosthetic Limbs" Because each patient and his or her amputation are unique, each prosthetic limb must be custom fitted and then built. This is the task of a prosthetist, who specializes in the fabrication and fitting of prosthetic limbs. Because prosthetists work to interface artificial devices with the human body, they need a wide range of skills in areas such as engineering, anatomy and physiology. The design and fabrication process consists of several different steps and begins with a precise measurement process later used to design the prosthetic limb. If possible, a prosthetist begins taking measurements before the patient's limb is even amputated, so that the fabrication process can get started. For example, detailed measurements of the patient's body are taken to help correctly size the prosthetic limb.
Implant Devices Collect Patient Data, But Patients Denied Access On the brink of a health information revolution that promises to offer round-the-clock body monitoring and personalized medicine, the medical implant company Medtronic has some sobering news for patients who use their devices: you don’t have access to the data collected by their devices on your vital organs. That’s not exactly what patients want to hear, especially when implant makers are on an all out data grab to acquire real-time patient information using new technologies. Instead of being able to praise the strides that medicine is making with these implants, patients are left feeling out of the loop on their own health. According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, the company acknowledged that implants like their heart defibrillators collect a mass of data on the inner workings of patients’ bodies. However, current U.S. regulations dictate that the raw health data is only accessible to Medtronic customers, who are physicians and hospitals.
Augmented reality used to grant sight to the blind Combining technology with biology has been restricted to the realm of science-fiction for years. Commonly known as bionics, this concept is feasible despite the fact that it is a very common element in movies, books, and other forms of entertainment. As technology has become more advanced, bionics are quickly becoming more feasible.