Playing an instrument, picking something up, holding your oversized phone in one hand. These are all things you might be better at if you’d have an extra thumb. By designing and creating The Third Thumb Project, Royal College of Art graduate Danielle Clode reframed prosthetics as extensions of the body, rather than replacements for missing parts.
Beating your robot might get you in real trouble with legal authorities in the near future. Recently the European Parliament discussed the introduction of an “electronic personhood” for robots. As personhood describes the status of being an actual person, this decision raises big questions about equality, citizenship, legal and ironically, human rights for artificial intelligent machines.
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.
Over seventy percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water. Yet, we mainly discover the land, since this is the part of the globe we inhabit. But since our body is not able to dive to the bottom of the ocean, we could send a super copy of ourself to explore underwater worlds. Stanford University developed OceanOne, a humanoid diving robot that creates a simulation of the underwater experience on land.
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.
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.
A team of cyborgs and digital enthusiasts under the moniker Cyborg Nest developed a wearable technology for the body able to perceive a human sixth sense. North Sense is a piercing-like apparatus meant to be implanted into the chest to enable the wearer to sense the magnetic north by way of a vibration.