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Artificial retina receives FDA approval | KurzweilAI

Artificial retina receives FDA approval | KurzweilAI | Longevity science | Scoop.it

In an historic move, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted market approval to an artificial retina technology, the first bionic eye to be approved for patients in the U.S.

 

 

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How to build a bionic man | KurzweilAI

How to build a bionic man | KurzweilAI | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Rex the bionic man shows how close technology is to catching up with — and exceeding — the abilities of the human body, The Guardian reports.

Housed within a frame of state-of-the-art prosthetic limbs is a functional heart-lung system, complete with artificial blood pumping through a network of pulsating modified-polymer arteries.

He has a bionic spleen to clean the blood, and an artificial pancreas to keep his blood sugar on the level.

 

 

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RSLSteeper launches third version of its bebionic myoelectric hand

RSLSteeper launches third version of its bebionic myoelectric hand | Longevity science | Scoop.it

The “bebonic3” is the latest version of bebonic series of artificial hands produced by RSLSteeper of Leeds, U.K.

 

Artificial hands have come a long way in recent years, but it turns out the human hand is amazingly complex. With about 29 bones, 34 muscles, 48 nerves and 123 ligaments to operate it, the hand is a piece of engineering that is still streets ahead of current technology.

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Man to climb Chicago's Willis Tower using thought-controlled bionic leg

Man to climb Chicago's Willis Tower using thought-controlled bionic leg | Longevity science | Scoop.it

A cutting edge thought-controlled bionic leg will help amputee Zac Vawter climb 103 flights of stairs at Chicago's Willis Tower.

 

See the leg in action in the short video clip.

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Practical transhumanism: five living cyborgs (Wired UK)

Practical transhumanism: five living cyborgs (Wired UK) | Longevity science | Scoop.it
The term "cyborg" literally means "cybernetic organism" -- a being constructed of both mechanical and organic material.

 

Wired.co.uk celebrates Transhuman Week by exploring five examples of human beings who, today, would qualify as living cyborgs.

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9 Implants that make human healthy body even more useful | TechFlesh- News, Gadgets, Innovations, Tips

9 Implants that make human healthy body even more useful | TechFlesh- News, Gadgets, Innovations, Tips | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Technology is developing to more fully harness the human body. One day soon, we will be able to generate energy and keep better tabs on our health... before disease strikes. In fact, some amazing implants already exist today.

 

Here's a list of 9 ways you can modify your body to be even more useful, from bionic implants to portable power generators.

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First Bionic Eye Sees Light of Day in U.S.

First Bionic Eye Sees Light of Day in U.S. | Longevity science | Scoop.it

After years of research, the first bionic eye has seen the light of day in the United States, giving hope to the blind around the world.

 

Developed by Second Sight Medical Products, the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System has helped more than 60 people recover partial sight, with some experiencing better results than others.

 

Consisting of 60 electrodes implanted in the retina and glasses fitted with a special mini camera, Argus II has already won the approval of European regulators. The US Food and Drug Administration is soon expected to follow suit, making this bionic eye the world's first to become widely available.

 

"It's the first bionic eye to go on the market in the world, the first in Europe and the first one in the U.S.," said Brian Mech, the California-based company's vice president of business development.

 

Those to benefit from Argus II are people with retinitis pigmentosa, a rare genetic disease, affecting about 100,000 people in the U.S., that results in the degeneration of the retinal photoreceptors.

 

The photoreceptor cells convert light into electrochemical impulses that are transmitted to the brain via the optic nerve, where they are decoded into images.

 

"The way the prosthesis works (is) it replaces the function of the photoreceptors," Mech told AFP. Thirty people aged 28 to 77 took part in the clinical trial for the product, all of whom were completely blind.

 

Mech said the outcomes varied by participant. "We had some patients who got just a little bit of benefit and others who could do amazing things like reading newspaper headlines," he said.


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Electroquímica Unam's curator insight, November 7, 2014 2:05 PM

El primer ojo biónico a partir de tecnología fotoelectroquímica.

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Bebionic: Bionic Hands Are Getting Closer To The Real Thing

Bebionic: Bionic Hands Are Getting Closer To The Real Thing | Longevity science | Scoop.it

The bebionic is tightening its grip on its reputation as one of the world’s most advanced prosthetic hands. Watching a recent video of an amputee with the bebionic and it’s clear that bionics are nearing the point where they are no longer awkward and insufficient substitutes but life-changing replacements that give back much of what was so dearly lost.

 

See video about the 'Terminator arm'

 

For more on robotic hands:

http://www.gizmag.com/robot-rebuilt-sensitive-robotic-hands/25263/

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Nathan Heath's curator insight, March 24, 2014 12:40 AM

Bebionic is clearly displaying why they are the leading company  in the development and production of prosthetic limbs. Bebionic are currently developing the world's most advanced prosthetic hands, known as the 'Terminator arm'.

 

This new technology will allow amputees to once again be able to undertake activities that require the use of both limbs.

 

 

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Perpetually connected: Are wearable computers and bio-implants the future of mobile?

Perpetually connected: Are wearable computers and bio-implants the future of mobile? | Longevity science | Scoop.it

In today’s connected world, you’d be hard pressed to find a population (disregarding technophobes and lost tribes) who actively shun activities that are digitally mediated. Unfortunately ...


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Bionic Eye - Animation

Here you can see an animation of the bionic eye being developed in Melbourne, Australia by the Bionic Vision Australia consortium.

 

We reported on this implant earlier in the month.

http://www.scoop.it/t/longevity-science/p/2556266512/first-australian-bionic-eye-prototype-successfully-implanted

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First Australian bionic eye prototype successfully implanted

First Australian bionic eye prototype successfully implanted | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Australian researchers implanted a new version of a bionic eye into a blind woman. The subject had experienced years of darkness due to retinitis pigmentosa, but when the implant was activated, she could see light and shapes.

 

The implant behind the retina sends electrical impulses along the optic nervers and into the brain, which processes these signals despite the fact that they are not actually originiating from the retina.

 

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