Archive for Bionics

The bionic man named Rex and the man he is modeled after

Rex the bionic man has fully-functional artificial organs

A recent Channel 4 documentary titled How to Build a Bionic Man demonstrated the most advanced synthetic organs, limbs, and blood, through the construction of a 6.5-foot tall bionic man named Rex (short for ‘robotic exoskeleton’). The program featured the social psychologist Bertolt Meyer and Rex — the first complete bionic man created by Shadow Robot Company’s Richard Walker and […]

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As much as this animatronic baby scares the crap out of me, I’m glad it exists

this animatronic baby for a TV reminds me of Eraserhead

This animatronic baby reminds me of Eraserhead. Nevertheless, it’s good that we have something like this. The mechanical infant was built by Chris Clarke for CNFX Workshop, for use in an unnamed TV series. Gone are the days of using dolls (which did not move) and real babies (which could be dangerous). I’ve always been uncomfortable watching movie/TV scenes of […]

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Terminator? This Bebionic prosthetic hand is pretty sweet

Bebionic v3 prosthetic hand black glove

This bebionic3 prosthetic hand looks awesome as well as functional. Just watching this demo video is very entertaining. Here, the hand shows off its 14 grip patterns and how it handles everyday tasks, such as spreading butter on a slice of bread with a knife, clicking a computer mouse, stirring a cup of coffee, plugging in a USB stick, and […]

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Heartbeat and eye movement: passwords of the future

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As passwords become easier and easier to hack with powerful computers, researchers are now looking at new ways to secure access to things and information. Two candidates are your eye movement and your heartbeat. It is believed that a person’s exact manner of moving his eyes around is unique, like fingerprints. Oleg Komogortsev, a computer scientist from Texas State University-San […]

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Woman loses legs, turns herself into a real-life mermaid

mermaid tail prosthesis

Losing their limbs is one of the biggest fears for many people. Such a tragedy would reduce some folks into life-long bitterness and anger. But not Nadya Vessey! This sporty Auckland lady is living life to the fullest. A medical condition prevented Vessey’s legs from developing normally. At age 7, one of her legs had to be amputated. She began […]

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This animatronic baby T. rex costume is pretty cool

Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur (T-rex) animatronic costume

A few days ago, much to the disappointment of dinosaur and sci-fi lovers, scientists declared that it is not possible to bring dinosaurs back to life using the process described in the book/movie Jurassic Park. Fret not, you can still see a baby T-rex running around, but without you being turned into a tasty snack. Wizart Studio creates awesome animatronic […]

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Artificial retina uses brain communication code to restore vision

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Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College have cracked a mouse’s retinal neural code and integrated this information with a prosthetic device to restore vision of blind mice. They have also deciphered the code for a monkey’s retina and since monkeys and humans have almost identical retinas, they hope to begin human trials in as short as one to two years. […]

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