Augmented Bodies

Better. Stronger. Internet-enabled

Humans have long augmented our bodies with eyeglasses, clothing and prosthetics. Thanks to recent scientific advancements, we are now on the cusp of a second wave of body-modification. Nanotechnology may give us contact lens cameras and robots small enough to patrol our bloodstreams. Genetic modification could tweak us to be smarter, smaller and more eco-friendly, while neural interfaces might allow us to plug our brains directly into the web. Nature made us. Next Nature made us better.

Essay by Hadley Leggett

The Next Hacking Frontier: Your Brain

WiredScience writes: Hackers who commandeer your computer are bad enough. Now scientists worry that someday, they’ll try to take over your brain. In the past year, researchers have developed technology that makes it possible to use thoughts to operate a computer, maneuver a wheelchair or even use Twitter — all without lifting a finger.…

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'Hacking into these devices could enable patients to “self-prescribe” elevated moods or pain relief'

Hadley Leggett

Swallowable Perfume

Lucy McRae’s speculative, digestible capsule of perfume gives perspiration a delightful scent. Your skin will excrete a unique odor depending on temperature, stress, exercise or arousal.

Conductive Bodypaint

As our lifes are increasingly regulated by electronics and there is a drive towards the miniaturization and portability of electronics on and around the body it seems only logical to place electronic circuits on the surface of body.

How about a conductive ink that is applied directly onto the skin to bridge the gap between electronics and the body.…

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Second Sight – Augmented Contacts

Getting information as fast as possible and on the spot is the trend. So what could be more direct than having information fired directly into the eye?

Today — together with his students — Babak A. Parviz, bionanotechnology expert at University of Washington, is already producing devices that have a lens with one wirelessly Radio Frequency powered LED.…

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Excuse me, is Your Tooth Ringing?

The ‘tooth phone’ consists of a tiny vibrator and a radio wave receiver implanted into a tooth during routine dental surgery. Sound, which comes into the tooth as a digital radio signal, is transferred to the inner ear by bone resonance, meaning information can be received anywhere and at any time – and nobody else can listen in.…

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