Tag: Bionics

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Augmented-Bodies

Hacking Human Cells to Use Solar Power

Our cells are not that different from a car engine: they depend on carbon-based fuels for energy. But using carbon for energy is an inefficient process. This is what the biotech startup BiPlastiq seeks to resolve, using solar energy instead of carbon and oxygen, by hacking our cells.

The founder of BiPlastiq, Christopher Powell believes that by hacking our mitochondrial structures to use solar energy, the power output of our bodies might increase dramatically. This upgrade could arguably transform human bodies into regenerative machines and extend human lives by decades.

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Anthropomorphobia

Meet Yangyang, Actroid From China

Dressed in a full-length read coat, the humanoid robot Yangyang can function autonomously, talking and gesturing while interacting with people. Thanks to a number of tiny motors beneath her rubbery skin, she can display a wide range of facial expressions, move the head and raise the hands as a sign of greeting.

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Augmented-Bodies

Organs Could Self-Heal with Nanoneedles

Medical practices of the future could become much more efficient with the help of nanotechnology. During a recent experiment, an international team of scientists used nano-sized needles in order to promote production of new blood cells. If successful, this technology could be applied to the human body to repair damaged organs and nerves.

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3D Printing

3D Printed Eyes with WiFi Connection

Nowadays 3D printing is increasingly used for medical purposes and body upgrades to design devices, implants, and a variety of customized prosthetics, from a 3D printed face, to a skull, and even organs.

In the future we may look at the world with new – artificial, 3D printed – eyes. Italian research studio MHOX is working on EYE, a 3D bioprinted sight augmentation. The project envisions the removal of the natural visual system and its replacement with a digitally designed 3D printed one. The original retina would be replaced by a new artificial network, able to offer enhanced vision, WiFi connection and the possibility to record video and take pictures.

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Biomimicry

Turning Cockroaches into Rescue Robots

Certain natural disasters such as earthquakes and Tsunamis often trap high numbers of people under unstable rubble, making search-and-rescue operations very difficult. Cyborg cockroaches might be of critical help for these disasters.

North Caroline State University carried out a study in 2012, where researchers attached electrodes to the antennae of Madagascar hissing cockroaches to steer them. Currently, the team is working on tiny backpacks attached to the back of cockroaches, to transform these critters into moving networks of sensors.

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Biomimicry

Smart Gloves Turn Gestures into Music

English artist Imogen Heap, with an army of artists, musicians, scientists and technologists, developed the Mi.Mu gloves: “A new and flexible approach to the control of music and visuals with intuitive human movement.”

Take a look at the video for an exclusive interview with Imogen Heap and an illustration of how the gloves work. Story via The Mi.Mu Gloves