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MIT adds two robotic fingers to the human hand

MIT adds two robotic fingers to the human hand | Longevity science | Scoop.it
MIT's supernumerary robotic fingers extend from either side of the user's dominant hand, and are attached to a device that's worn around the wrist. The id...
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Electrodes for prosthetic arm permanently implanted into patient for first time

Electrodes for prosthetic arm permanently implanted into patient for first time | Longevity science | Scoop.it

It took some time, but the age of the cyborg is upon us. For the first time, neuromuscular electrodes that enable a prosthetic arm and hand to be controlled by thought have been permanently implanted into the nerves and muscles of an amputee. The operation was carried out recently by a surgical team led by Dr Rickard Brånemark at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Goteborg, Sweden.

 

 

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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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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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One step closer to cyborgs- engineering complex tissue

One step closer to cyborgs- engineering complex tissue | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Researchers have created a self-supporting scaffolding of nanowires and coated it with a biocompatible material. They grew heart and nerve cells within this scaffold, which developed into a single structure with embedded nanowires.

 

With this technology, researchers can work at the cellular scale much more effectively, without damaging the cells and with the capability to observe cells from anywhere within the tissue.

 

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MIT researchers augment humans with extra robotic arms

MIT researchers augment humans with extra robotic arms | Longevity science | Scoop.it
A team at MIT is developing extra robot limbs that can help out humans with everyday tasks where an extra hand, arm, or leg might be useful. The robot can a...
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Quadriplegic woman gets chocolate fix using thought-controlled robotic arm

Quadriplegic woman gets chocolate fix using thought-controlled robotic arm | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Earlier this year, a 58 year-old woman who had lost the use of her limbs was successfully able to drink a cup of coffee by herself using a robotic arm controlled by her thoughts via a brain computer interface (BCI). Now, in a separate study, another woman with longstanding quadriplegia has been able to feed herself a chocolate bar using a mind-controlled, human-like robot arm offering what researchers claim is a level of agility and control approaching that of a human limb

 

 

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The big question: "What is the future of human physical enhancement?" (Wired UK)

The big question: "What is the future of human physical enhancement?" (Wired UK) | Longevity science | Scoop.it
Wired talks to the experts about what to expect from the future of the human ability...

 

Aubrey de Grey
Chief science officer, SENS Foundation
"Medicine is distinct from human enhancement, but they may intersect. Somatic gene therapy will treat many diseases including the defeat of aging, but also allow such enhancements as skin luminescence. Tissue engineering may also allow us to have gills. The sky is the limit."

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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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