Instagram accounts with young girls featuring stunning selfies are hardly unusual. However, 21-year-old Paola Antonini’s popular IG account is certainly beyond the ordinary. The Brazilian model uses her Instagram to show off her prosthetic limb, the result of a tragic car accident in 2014 when Antonini was hit by a drunk driver.
When you see the bent backs and creaky knees of your grandparents you sometimes wish you could strengthen their bodies again. Well, we might have the solution for you: an exoskeleton suit for the elderly. Whit the Super Flex suit your granny will become stronger than spiderman.
Back in time we were eating with our hands. Then sticks and stones became our dining tools. These turned into chopsticks and eventually into forks and spoons. But the evolution of eating utensils did not stop there. Liftware launched two smart spoons that correct the unexpected movements of eaters.
I. Angels and Superheroes
In 2008, Samuel O. Poore, a plastic surgeon who teaches at the University of Wisconsin’s medical school, published an article in the Journal of Hand Surgery titled “The Morphological Basis of the Arm-to-Wing Transition.” Drawing on evolutionary and anatomical evidence, he laid out a workable method for using the techniques of modern reconstructive surgery, including bone fusing and skin and muscle grafting, to “fabricate human wings from human arms.” Although the wings, in the doctor’s estimation, would not be capable of generating the lift needed to get a person off the ground, they might nonetheless serve “as cosmetic features simulating, for example, the nonfunctional wings of flightless birds.”
Are you considering doing some botox to look younger? Think twice! Scientists at the Salk institute of California found a new genetic manipulation technique to rejuvenate cells. Mice that got the treatment lived 30 percent longer compared to the ones that didn’t get it. Next step is to implement these cellular reprogramming techniques into the human body to set the biological clock back.
No need to say that tattoos are “in” right now. Statistics show that 40% of U.S. adults between the ages 18 to 29 have one. Soon this trend may turn from a purely aesthetic crave to a healing method. Can you imagine going to hospital to get tattoed?
Speculative designer Agi Haines’ work focuses on (re)designing the human body, and speculates upon future scenarios in which biomedical technologies will come to promising ends.
At first growing human ears on apples may sound like the crazy eccentricity of a scientist with too much free time on his hands. But the work of professor Andrew Pelling has a valid justification and a goal: a low-cost, globally accessible biomaterial with which we might reconstruct our falling-apart bodies: skin, bones, veins, organs and so on.