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.
Could you imagine yourself having QR-code freckles, or a chlorophyl skin? Dutch artist Marcia Nolte visualises these kind of speculative scenarios in a very non-spectacular yet beautiful way. This Corpus 2.1 series is a follow-up to her earlier Corpus 2.0 series, of which we also featured a stunning image in…
Corpus 2.0 by Marcia Nolte is a set of seven portraits illustrating how the human body could adjust itself to the design of products, including an enlarged SMS thumb (above), an extended shoulder for holding a phone, a headphone-ear, a hole in the lips for smokers and a foot adapted…
No this isn’t photoshopped. After a motor accident Finish hacker Jerry Jalava decided not to use a normal prosthesis and felt that a prosthesis usb memory stick would enhance his life. Maybe this is how cyborgs will emerge; not because of a medical necessity, but by choice. May be it…
The human body as an instrument is a cool example of how culture and nature are merging. Calvin Harris used a giant human synthesizer to perform his single. The material used is Conductive Ink, a material technology that delivers a new platform for non-toxic flexible electronics. Bare is unique among…
The next wave of wearable technology will bring tiny digital tattoos decked out with small sensors. UnderSkin, by San Francisco based company New Deal Design, is a flat pentagonal device that would be implanted just beneath the skin on your hand and charge off your body’s energy.…
Neural interfaces like this may one day allow us to control computers with our minds
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.…Read more
'Hacking into these devices could enable patients to “self-prescribe” elevated moods or pain relief'
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.
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.…Read more
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.…Read more
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.…Read more