Applied Technotopia

We scan the digital environment to examine the leading trends in emerging technology today to know more about future.

We have added a few indices around the site. Though we look to the future, we need to keep an eye on the present as well:

Recent Tweets @leerobinsonp
Posts tagged "cybernetics"

A sense of touch created for a prosthetic hand.


Amputee Feels in Real-Time with Bionic Hand

EPFL writes:

Dennis Aabo Sørensen is the first amputee in the world to feel sensory rich information – in realtime – with a prosthetic hand wired to nerves in his upper arm. Sørensen could grasp objects intuitively and identify what he was touching while blindfolded.

[read more]

Another step in the biohacking journey.


Body-Hacker Implants Biometric Computer in Forearm

Tim Cannon, a biohacker nicknamed the DIY Cyborg, designed a device he called the Circadia 1.0 and had it inserted into his arm to allow him to monitor his bodily data. The Circadia is basically a small computer that can record and transmit biometric data to any Android device.

The device, which was built by Cannon with the help of Grindhouse Wetware, is open-source and allows the user to control how data is recorded and collected. Cannon had the chip implanted into his arm by body modification enthusiasts instead of a doctor, since surgeons wouldn’t be allowed to implant anything that isn’t approved by medical authorities. The device is clearly visible under the skin and transmits data via Bluetooth or an internet connection.

(via Implanted Biometric Chip Takes Wearable Tech To A New Level [Video] - PSFK)

This article raises an interesting point in terms of transhumanism.

What is a cyborg? It’s an organism that has both organic (“natural”) and cybernetic (“machine”) parts. In other words, when people become cyborgs, they’re part human and part machine. That’s most of you! So, what is the next Cyborg innovation that will enhance our superhuman capabilities? Wearable devices. (via Big Think)

DIY bionics as a step towards fully integrated neural linked systems.


DIY bionics - making kids smile again.

See the joy in Liam’s eyes as he is grasping a ball with his right hand for the first time. By the time this cute fellow grows up, he will have a bionic hand that will be connected to his neural-system and be indistinguishable from his biological body; but all Liam cares about for now his being able to play ball. 

Bionic prosthetics that can be controlled via a mobile app.


Bionic App

via NewScientist:

The powered thumb is controlled by signals from the user’s arm muscles or - in a first for upper limb prostheses - via a smartphone app: a tap of the screen and the hand automatically arranges itself into a preset grip. The thumb can move into 24 different positions and new, extra-sensitive fingertip electrodes also give improved dexterity.

“Powered thumb rotation, combined with the mobile app and quick access to all these new grips, gives me natural hand function that I never imagined would be possible,” says Bertolt Meyer, who wears one of the new hands.

The app makes it easy to configure presets by group, such as “work”, which includes positions ready for typing, handling documents or using a mouse. The app also includes diagnostic tools and training modes for new users.

[read more] [touch bionics] [Image: Murdoch Ferguson/Ferguson Imaging]

A quick update on the amazing bebionic prosthetic hand.


Advanced Prosthetic Hand Ties Shoes, Deals Cards

This hand, the bebionic3, actually shows it doing some of the stuff you’d think it might: tying shoes, dealing cards, picking up household items, etc.

Those tasks make it sound mundane, but it’s actually a pretty darn impressive hand. Not only can it squeeze and pinch, it can also do some less commonly used movements, like making the rock-on devil horns or spinning in a full circle. It even automatically grips an object when it detects that the object’s slipping.

(via Watch This Unbelievable Robot Hand Tie A Shoe | Popular Science)

(via futurescope)

Bionics with a sense of touch! What a breakthrough for cybernetics!


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.

(via fuckyeahrobots)