fleshcoatedtechnology:

Scientists create sensor for night vision contact lenses

It may seem like the stuff from spy and superhero movies but scientists have created “the first room-temperature light detector that can sense the full infrared spectrum” which, according to researchers at the University of Michigan, can be made so thin that it can be easily stacked on night vision contact lenses.
Back in 2011 some speculated that Seal Team Six used night vision contact lenses in the operation that killed Osama Bin Laden. Those rumors were never substantiated, but this invention is very real…

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fleshcoatedtechnology:

Scientists create sensor for night vision contact lenses

It may seem like the stuff from spy and superhero movies but scientists have created “the first room-temperature light detector that can sense the full infrared spectrum” which, according to researchers at the University of Michigan, can be made so thin that it can be easily stacked on night vision contact lenses.

Back in 2011 some speculated that Seal Team Six used night vision contact lenses in the operation that killed Osama Bin Laden. Those rumors were never substantiated, but this invention is very real…

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neurosciencestuff:

A sensational breakthrough: the first bionic hand that can feel
The first bionic hand that allows an amputee to feel what they are touching will be transplanted later this year in a pioneering operation that could introduce a new generation of artificial limbs with sensory perception.
The patient is an unnamed man in his 20s living in Rome who lost the lower part of his arm following an accident, said Silvestro Micera of the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland.
The wiring of his new bionic hand will be connected to the patient’s nervous system with the hope that the man will be able to control the movements of the hand as well as receiving touch signals from the hand’s skin sensors.
Dr Micera said that the hand will be attached directly to the patient’s nervous system via electrodes clipped onto two of the arm’s main nerves, the median and the ulnar nerves.
This should allow the man to control the hand by his thoughts, as well as receiving sensory signals to his brain from the hand’s sensors. It will effectively provide a fast, bidirectional flow of information between the man’s nervous system and the prosthetic hand.
“This is real progress, real hope for amputees. It will be the first prosthetic that will provide real-time sensory feedback for grasping,” Dr Micera said.
“It is clear that the more sensory feeling an amputee has, the more likely you will get full acceptance of that limb,” he told the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Boston.
“We could be on the cusp of providing new and more effective clinical solutions to amputees in the next year,” he said.

neurosciencestuff:

A sensational breakthrough: the first bionic hand that can feel

The first bionic hand that allows an amputee to feel what they are touching will be transplanted later this year in a pioneering operation that could introduce a new generation of artificial limbs with sensory perception.

The patient is an unnamed man in his 20s living in Rome who lost the lower part of his arm following an accident, said Silvestro Micera of the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland.

The wiring of his new bionic hand will be connected to the patient’s nervous system with the hope that the man will be able to control the movements of the hand as well as receiving touch signals from the hand’s skin sensors.

Dr Micera said that the hand will be attached directly to the patient’s nervous system via electrodes clipped onto two of the arm’s main nerves, the median and the ulnar nerves.

This should allow the man to control the hand by his thoughts, as well as receiving sensory signals to his brain from the hand’s sensors. It will effectively provide a fast, bidirectional flow of information between the man’s nervous system and the prosthetic hand.

“This is real progress, real hope for amputees. It will be the first prosthetic that will provide real-time sensory feedback for grasping,” Dr Micera said.

“It is clear that the more sensory feeling an amputee has, the more likely you will get full acceptance of that limb,” he told the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Boston.

“We could be on the cusp of providing new and more effective clinical solutions to amputees in the next year,” he said.

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designersofthings:

3D Systems Prints First Hybrid Robotic Exoskeleton
Since CES, 3D Systems has made some big announcements proving that 3D printing is more than just for creating trinkets like iPhone cases. The 3D printing company has partnered with the likes of Hershey and Hasbro to kick off the use of 3D printers to make candy and toys. This week they announced teaming up with EskoBionics to collaborate on the first 3D printed hybrid Exoskeleton. 
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designersofthings:

3D Systems Prints First Hybrid Robotic Exoskeleton

Since CES, 3D Systems has made some big announcements proving that 3D printing is more than just for creating trinkets like iPhone cases. The 3D printing company has partnered with the likes of Hershey and Hasbro to kick off the use of 3D printers to make candy and toys. This week they announced teaming up with EskoBionics to collaborate on the first 3D printed hybrid Exoskeleton. 

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grinderbot:

theremina:

i-limb ultra by Touch Bionics

With the i-limb ultra, your prosthesis looks and moves more like a natural hand than any other powered prosthetic hand. Each finger bends at the natural joints so that it can accurately adapt to fit around the shape of the object you want to grasp.

Powered by Touch Bionics’ unique biosim software, the i-limb ultra is the most versatile prosthetic hand available, providing you with the ability to customize the hand for your daily needs.

Choose from a wide selection of automated grips and gestures to help you complete your daily tasks, such as index point for typing, precision pinch mode for gripping small objects or natural hand position for walking or while at rest.

Utilizing its pulsing and vari-grip features, the i-limb ultra is the only prosthetic hand with the ability to gradually increase the strength of its grip on an object. This can be very useful in situations where a firmer grasp is required, such as tying shoelaces tightly or holding a heavy bag more securely.”

Articles:

 How to Build a Bionic Man

 16-Year-Old Boy’s App-Controlled Bionic Hand

The prevalence-verging-on-ubiquity of cheap, versatile, DURABLE therapeutic and augmentative limb replacement technology is only growing, year by year.

And that’s Wonderful.

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popmech:

The anti-NSA phone is coming: Blackphone pipes your data through an anonymous VPN.

popmech:

The anti-NSA phone is coming: Blackphone pipes your data through an anonymous VPN.

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prostheticknowledge:

DIY Phone Signal Blocking Pouch

Instructions from the KILLYOURPHONE.COM workshops to create a simple tech privacy-focused pouch for your signal sending device:

The pouch has a very simple design. Of course you are invited make something more fashionable but this version is very easy to make and it works. Make it any size you want! (Tablet etc) To make it fit most common current smart phones I usually make the pouch 10 x 20 cm. IMPORTANT: What ever you do make sure you fold the material on all sides to make sure the radio waves can’t get through!!

Tutorial for a 10 x 20 cm pouch:

  1. Cut 12 cm stripes from your roll [HF+LF Shielding] blocking fleece.
  2. Make pieces of 50 x 12 cm, each for one pouch. (i.e. from a 1 m roll stripe you’ll get 2 pieces.)
  3. Fold your 50 x 12 cm piece in length to 25 x 12 cm
  4. Fold again the long sides, each 1 cm and pin them with needles.
  5. Sew two straight seams on the left and right side.
  6. Fold the opening at least 2 times! Find a paper clip or clamp to close the pouch.
  7. Done!

The project also has a FAQ for doubters … you can check the project’s website with more valuable information here

cyborgorgy:

Bionic body no longer science fiction as researchers develop revolutionary new prosthetics, ways to restore sight

Last year, researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland announced plans to outfit a male patient with an artificial hand connected directly to the patient’s nervous system, enabling him to not only control the artificial hand, but to feel via touch signals embedded in the skin of the prosthetic.

Around the world, advancements in prosthetics are accelerating. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a new artificial retina technology known as the Argus II that can restore partial sight to people suffering from a specific type of blindness known as retinitis pigmentosa.

Scientists at the University of Southern California at Los Angeles believe they are close to being able to restore a person’s memory capabilities with microchips inserted in the brain, while a San Diego-based company expects to be able to create a human liver via 3D printing technologies sometime in 2014. (Photo: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg)

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prostheticknowledge:

Three-Dimensional Mid-Air Acoustic Manipulation

Tech demo of setup able to levitate, control and maneuver small light objects in a 3D space using ultrasound waves, defying gravity - video embedded below:

The essence of levitation technology is the countervailing of gravity. It is known that an ultrasound standing wave is capable of suspending small particles at its sound pressure nodes and, so far, this method has been used to levitate lightweight particles, small creatures, and water droplets.

The acoustic axis of the ultrasound beam in these previous studies was parallel to the gravitational force, and the levitated objects were manipulated along the fixed axis (i.e. one-dimensionally) by controlling the phases or frequencies of bolted Langevin-type transducers. In the present study, we considered extended acoustic manipulation whereby millimetre-sized particles were levitated and moved three-dimensionally by localised ultrasonic standing waves, which were generated by ultrasonic phased arrays. Our manipulation system has two original features. One is the direction of the ultrasound beam, which is arbitrary because the force acting toward its centre is also utilised. The other is the manipulation principle by which a localised standing wave is generated at an arbitrary position and moved three-dimensionally by opposed and ultrasonic phased arrays. We experimentally confirmed that various materials could be manipulated by our proposed method.

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