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How Close Are We to Building a Full-Fledged Cyborg?

How Close Are We to Building a Full-Fledged Cyborg? | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

The dream of the cyborg is coming true at an exhilarating rate. As humans gets better and better at making machines, we keep attaching those machines to our bodies to make ourselves better humans. It seems at times that the only question left is if we can put a human brain in a robotic frame. Actually, it's not a matter of if. It's a matter of when.

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Top Prosthetic Limbs Bring Hope to Amputees

Top Prosthetic Limbs Bring Hope to Amputees | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, the photo of Jeff Bauman Jr. being rushed to the hospital shortly after having his legs blown off brought us face to face with the grim reality that many victims of this tragedy would be undergoing limb amputation.
But advances in prosthetic technologies over the last thirty years have far surpassed the crude, wooden models that once made having artificial limbs such a nuisance. In fact, today’s robotic and bionic devices are giving amputees nearly full restoration of their lost limbs.
Hugh Herr, head of the biomechatronics research group at MIT Media Lab and double leg amputee, says he predicts “bionics will catch on like wildfire.”

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Artificial leg operated by thought

Artificial leg operated by thought | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) have published a long-time case study on the world’s first thought operated artificial leg. While there are several different thought operated arm prosthesis being developed in the world, the RIC’s leg is the first of it’s kind.

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My first leg in 1968, was basicly a large dolls leg with a rubber foot on the bottom. An unpadded  hard bucket, the hole you put your stump in, with a hole in the bottem of the bucket that went down the length of the inside and came out down near the ankle. The hole had a marble sized plastic ball that went back and forth so that it would create a sort of vacume seal. Blowing down and releasing the vacume when I took a step and my foot hit the ground. It would suck up and make a seal to hold it on. Development of prostetic gear has changed at an amazing pace in the last 45 years

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How to build a bionic man

How to build a bionic man | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Rex the bionic man shows how close technology is to catching up with – and exceeding – the abilities of the human body

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