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Un exosquelette pour avoir quatre bras !

Un exosquelette pour avoir quatre bras ! | BODY OF FUTURE | Scoop.it
Une équipe du MIT travaille sur un nouveau genre d’exosquelette dont la fonction n’est pas de remplacer des membres défaillants mais d’en ajouter afin de démultiplier les capacités. Grâce à une...

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La thérapie génique : un traitement prometteur pour les maladies génétiques

Direction Fontenay-aux-Roses. Dans le laboratoire de thérapie génique et cellulaire du CEA (LTGC), les chercheurs développent des méthodes de thérapie géniqu...
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Améliorez votre santé, apparence physique et intelligence grâce à la thérapie génique

Améliorez votre santé, apparence physique et intelligence grâce à la thérapie génique | BODY OF FUTURE | Scoop.it
Les avancées en génétique permettent désormais de modifier son génome relativement facilement. La thérapie génique est actuellement utilisée exclusivement pour guérir des maladies, mais pourrait bientôt être utilisée par les transhumanistes pour l'amélioration génétique, par exemple pour augmenter ses facultés mentales ou améliorer son apparence physique. Que peut-on modifier exactement et quels sont les risques impliqués ?

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Main bionique: le toucher de demain

Main bionique: le toucher de demain | BODY OF FUTURE | Scoop.it
Le monde des prothèses est en pleine révolution. Organes, jambes, mains... L'intelligence artificielle se glisse dans les moindres recoins du corps humain. Une équipe de l'EPFL a récemment mis au point une prothèse qui permettra de retrouver des sensations de toucher.

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Elon Musk is afraid of artificial intelligence, hopes for humans on Mars by 2026

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Emotiv, le casque qui lit dans votre esprit !

Emotiv, le casque qui lit dans votre esprit ! Émotions, intérêt, réactions, rien ne lui échappe.

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A Neuroscientist Explains How Meditation Changes Your Brain

A Neuroscientist Explains How Meditation Changes Your Brain | BODY OF FUTURE | Scoop.it
Do you struggle, like me, with monkey-mind? Is your brain also a little unsettled, restless, capricious, whimsical, fanciful, inconstant, confused,…

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Bionic Skin for a Cyborg You

Bionic Skin for a Cyborg You | BODY OF FUTURE | Scoop.it

Flexible electronics allow us to cover robots and humans with stretchy sensor

 

Human skin is so thin, yet it serves as a boundary between us and the external world. My dream is to make responsive electronic coverings that bridge that divide. Instead of cold metal robots and hard plastic prosthetics, I imagine machines and people clothed in sensitive e-skin, allowing for a two-way exchange of information. Making our mechanical creations seem almost warm and alive and placing imperceptible electronics on humans will change how people relate to technology. The harmonization of people and machines: This is the cyborg future that e-skins could bring.

 

But whether we’re building e-skin for robots or people, the underlying technological challenges are the same. Today’s rigid electronics aren’t a good fit with soft human bodies. Creating an electronic skin that can curve around an elbow or a knee requires a thin material that can flex and even stretch without destroying its conductive properties. We need to be able to create large sheets of this stuff and embed it with enough sensors to mimic, at least roughly, the sensitivity of human skin, and we need to do it economically. That’s a tall order, and we’re not there yet. But ultimately, I think engineers will succeed in making e-skins that give people some amazing new abilities.

 

The first step in making e-skins that can bend around a joint is figuring out how to provide electronics with better mechanical flexibility. Modern integrated circuits, including the microprocessors inside computers and the thin-film transistors behind display screens, are manufactured on rigid substrates like silicon and glass. So the things built with these chips—laptops, flat-panel TVs, and the like—are rigid too.

 

To make an e-skin, we need greater flexibility: Not only the wiring but also the substrate and all the circuitry must be bendable. We need electronics that can be rolled up, folded, crumpled, and stretched.

 

Your skin is essentially an interface between your brain and the external world. It senses a tap on the shoulder or the heat from a fire, and your brain takes in that information and decides how to react. If we want bionic skins to do the same, they must incorporate sensors that can match the sensitivity of biological skins. But that is no easy task. For example, a commercial pressure-sensitive rubber exhibits a maximum sensitivity of 3 kilopascals, which is not sufficient to detect a gentle touch.

 

 

 

Read the original for more  http://spectrum.ieee.org/biomedical/bionics/bionic-skin-for-a-cyborg-you ;

 

 


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