For many years, losing a limb or a finger meant that you simply went the rest of your life with a ridged non-articulating prosthetic limb at best. If a finger was lost the person never really had a chance to get the dexterity lost back, which could mean a significant impact to the quality of life the person lived.
It's not quite as exciting as a motorized head-up display, but Bionic Eye for the iPhone 3GS does at least save you from squeezing into some Lycra and leaping aboard the nearest push-bike. Currently available in the App Store, Bionic Eye is another augmented reality (AR) app which overlays information about the immediate environment onto a real-time camera view. In this case, it uses a POI database including restaurants, WiFi hotspots, subway stations and more.
Yeah they have four drivers in each custom molded ear-bud, but come on, $1150? They appear to be energy efficient too only costing you/your connected device 1mW of power for 110dB’s of sound.
$1150!! I still can’t stop obsessing over the cost of these things! Yeah sure, you can’t even afford a physical system that included 4 subs, 2 mid ranges, and 2 tweeters for less than that, let alone being able to divide all that by two and then cram on half in each ear, but still.
I'm in two minds about this story - impressed, because nanotechnology is cool and tiny robots are even cooler, but more than a little disturbed at the idea of killer robots flying around and zapping people in the neck. Reuters is reporting that Israel are developing a bionic hornet that could chase, photograph and eventually kill enemy combatants or terrorists. Able to navigate tightly confined areas and so small as to be difficult to target by traditional weaponry, the concept is expected to reach prototype stage within three years.
It's uncertain as yet whether the robots would be remotely controlled or have some sort of AI, though a combination of both is perhaps most likely; general targeting by remote, while short-range sensors automatically manage obstacle avoidance, tracking and flight.
3D printers can make just about anything these days, from bio-printed noses to artificial limbs that even Iron Man would envy. Usually humans are the ones to benefit from this 3D tech, but every dog (or turtle) has his day. In this case, a team of Turkish scientists brought out a sea turtle's inner Bond villain, by 3D-printing a new metal jaw for him.
Here is an Avengers fan so huge not even the Hulk could stop him. Almost on par with the 7-year-old boy who received a working bionic Iron Man arm, this young Chinese man has built his own life-size Hulkbuster armor. And it easily outclasses that 4 foot tall Hulkbuster action figure that was recently prototyped. Even more impressive is that 26-year-old Xing Yile completed this monstrous project in a mere 2 months.
University of Trento researchers have discovered a way to give spiders ultra-strong silk, and it involves spiking the spiders with graphene. The graphene (or carbon nanotubes) is said to only be as thick as an atom, and is mixed with water and then sprayed onto spiders. When those spiders weave silk, the resulting silk is so strong it eclipses the strongest natural spider silk (from a giant riverine orb spider) 3.5 times. The researchers describe most of the silk produced as "super silk".
For many years, there has been a lot of research being performed on systems that can allow the blind to see again. One of those systems is a visual prosthetic device from a company called Pixium Vision. This device uses video goggles that record images and then beam the images to the eye in infrared.
Everyone loves a home cooked meal, but would it taste the same if it was made by a robot? Moley Robotics just revealed its robot-chef, which uses sophisticated robotic hands to cook just like a human. It doesn't cook any faster than a human, so it's not going to revolutionize the industrial side of cooking. This bionic-chef is designed for home kitchens. The robo-chef has the aptitude to learn from a real chef's delicate movements. Motion capture technology relays all the actions of an actual person preparing the meal and translates the actions into moves for the robotic hands.