Bionic Hand That Can Feel

 

 

In 2006 the first bionic arm, a robotic arm controlled by the amputee’s brain, was successfully connected to a woman,  giving her a limb she could once again engage the world with. The only disadvantage of the arm was that she was still unable to feel, unable to tell that there was an arm that her mind was moving in the first place.  Now, the world of robotics is changing once again.

Later this year, the first bionic hand that can feel and transmit that sense of touch to the amputee will be connected to a young man’s arm in Rome. This is an absolute breakthrough in science, signaling that the singularity is closer than we’d imagined.

The hand will be attached directly to the nervous system, making the bionic hand a true extension of the man’s body and subsequently fostering an additional troop into the global cyborg army. No kidding, there is even a foundation dedicated to turning people into cyborgs, and promotion cybernetic rights.

The new bionic hand will

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.

Earlier models of the bionic hand provided very limited sensation, whereas the new model provides a range of sensations to allow the amputee to recognize differences in touch.

The idea would be that it could deliver two or more sensations. You could have a pinch and receive information from three fingers, or feel movement in the hand and wrist. We have refined the interface [connecting the hand to the patient], so we hope to see much more detailed movement and control of the hand.

This is obviously only the beginning, so there is no telling what further advancements into bionics and cybernetics will bring.

No more days of hook hands and dead weight.  This hand will likely one day be just as functional as a real limb with the added benefit of knowing the difference between a lover’s caress and the crushing force of a Buick parked on top of it. It might even eventually have the capability for heat seeking missiles that can be installed into the fingertips that reward the amputee with pleasure when they launch.  Sounds far-fetched, but as usual, you know the military will get this first.

Will this technology, paired with an artificial nervous system, eventually be implemented into robotics, enabling our future overlords to feel the world just like us? It’s a slippery slope, that’s for sure.

For more information regarding how technology has altered and/or improved biology follow the links below.

 

 

Sources:

Bionics

Washington Post: First Bionic Arm

The Independent: First Bionic Hand

Wondergressive: The Singularity is Night Upon Us

Cyborg

Cyborg Foundation

 

Additional Resources:

Wondergressive: First True Cybernetic Tissue Created

Wondergressive: Robotic Legs Controlled by Your Brain

Wondergressive: Electronic Brain Implant Increases Intelligence 

Wondergressive: Implantable Telescope Restores Vision

Wondergressive: Kid Allergic to Everything Goes to School as a Robot

Researchers Merge Biology with Electronics: First True Cybernetic Tissue Created

 

Harvard Researchers have created the first true cybernetic tissue, merging electronics with living nerve tissue.  The researchers embed a three-dimensional network of nanoscale wires into human tissues which grow and merge together into perfect, functional unison.

The head researcher, Mark Lieber states that the team has succeeded, for the first time, in working “at the same scale as the unit of biological system without interrupting it. Ultimately, this is about merging tissue with electronics in a way that it becomes difficult to determine where the tissue ends and the electronics begin.”

Through the new technology, the team was able to create a wide range of cybernetic cell types ranging from heart and nerve cells, to bio-engineered blood vessels.  The cells respond organically just like natural cells in our bodies.  The cybernetic cells are also able to provide researchers with feedback regarding overall health and well being of the host environment, as well as the status of the cell itself.

Merge Biology with Electronics: First True Cybernetic Tissue Created

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Harvard Researchers have created the first true cybernetic tissue, merging electronics with living nerve tissue.  The researchers embedded a three-dimensional network of nanoscale wires into human tissues which grew and merged together into perfect, functional cybernetic tissue.

The head researcher, Mark Lieber, states that the team has succeeded, for the first time, in working

at the same scale as the unit of biological system without interrupting it. Ultimately, this is about merging tissue with electronics in a way that it becomes difficult to determine where the tissue ends and the electronics begin.

Through the new technology, the team was able to create a wide range of cybernetic tissues including: cell types ranging from heart and nerve cells, to bio-engineered blood vessels.  The cells respond organically just like natural cells in our bodies.  The cybernetic tissues are also able to provide researchers with feedback regarding overall health and well being of the host environment, as well as the status of the cell itself.

This is another great advancement in the field of cybernetics, as humans learn and grown and learn to grow with machines the possibilities truly do become endless. See you in the future.

 

Sources:

Astrobiology Mazagine- Merging the Biologic and the Electronic

New Scientist- Cyborg tissue is half living cells, half electronics

Tech Hive- Scientists Develop Cyborg Tissue, Bring The Borg Closer to Reality