Archive for the ‘cyborgs’ category

May 27, 2023

Artificial muscle fibers could serve as cell scaffolds

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, chemistry, cyborgs, robotics/AI

In two new studies, North Carolina State University researchers have designed and tested a series of textile fibers that can change shape and generate force like a muscle. In the first study, published in Actuators, the researchers focused on the materials’ influence on artificial muscles’ strength and contraction length. The findings could help researchers tailor the fibers for different applications.

In the second, proof-of-concept study published in Biomimetics, the researchers tested their fibers as scaffolds for . Their findings suggest the fibers—known as “fiber robots”—could potentially be used to develop 3D models of living, moving systems in the human body.

“We found that our fiber robot is a very suitable scaffold for the cells, and we can alter the frequency and contraction ratio to create a more suitable environment for cells,” said Muh Amdadul Hoque, graduate student in textile engineering, chemistry and science at NC State. “These were proof-of concept studies; ultimately, our goal is to see if we can study these fibers as a scaffold for stem cells, or use them to develop artificial organs in future studies.”

May 26, 2023

Graphene sensor could let you control robots with your mind

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Australian researchers have used the “wonder material” graphene to develop a sensor that could enable anyone to control robot technology with their minds.

“The hands-free, voice-free technology works outside laboratory settings, anytime, anywhere,” said co-developer Francesca Iacopi. “It makes interfaces such as consoles, keyboards, touchscreens, and hand-gesture recognition redundant.”

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May 24, 2023

Extremely Lightweight Wearable Robot WIM!!

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, health, robotics/AI, wearables

Video I found on wearable robots.

Introducing an innovative solution that enhances your mobility WIM:
- It provides easy and safe walking.
- It enables effective exercise.
- It guides and reinforces your gait performance.

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May 19, 2023

Researchers Invent E-skin That ‘Talks’ to the Brain

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Summary: Researchers have developed an artificial electronic skin (e-skin) capable of converting sensory inputs into electrical signals that the brain can interpret. This skin-like material incorporates soft integrated circuits and boasts a variety of sensory abilities, including temperature and pressure detection.

This advance could facilitate the creation of prosthetic limbs with sensory feedback or advanced medical devices. The e-skin operates at a low voltage and can endure continuous stretching without losing its electrical properties.

May 19, 2023

Specialized polymers bring us one step closer to ‘cyborgs’

Posted by in categories: biological, cyborgs

Coating implantable electronics in the polymer PEDOT can extend their life, which could make cyborgs more common in the future.

Researchers have developed a special polymer coating for electronics implants that make them less abrasive to biological tissue.

May 19, 2023

New device allows amputees to feel temperature sensation

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, transhumanism

A new non-invasive device called MiniTouch provides thermal feedback about the object being touched.

Amputees can regain temperature sensation in their phantom hand thanks to new bionic technology. Researchers from Switzerland’s Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPF) are leading this innovation.

They created a non-invasive device called MiniTouch for the study, which provides thermal feedback about the object being touched.

May 8, 2023

Spider-like robotic AI arms can be attached to and controlled by humans

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, robotics/AI, wearables


Jizai Arms.

“Half a century since the concept of a cyborg was introduced, Jizai-bodies (digital cyborgs), enabled by the spread of wearable robotics, are the focus of much research in recent times,” states the company’s website.

May 2, 2023

This bionic eye cures diseases that cause blindness

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, life extension, transhumanism

It works for retinitis pigmentosa (RP) and dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Science Corp has conceived of a new bionic eye that targets and cures two diseases that cause blindness. “Today we’re excited to take the covers off of our first flagship product development program: the Science Eye, a visual prosthesis targeted at retinitis pigmentosa (RP) and dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD), two forms of serious blindness presently without good options for patients,” said the firm in a post from November 2022.

How does it work? By targeting the functioning of the diseases.

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Apr 30, 2023

A Bionic Eye That Could Restore Vision (and Put Humans in the Matrix?)

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The Science Eye’s grand promise is to help restore vision. If it works, we might even be able to manipulate our own reality.

Apr 23, 2023

Advance in Intelligent Neuroprosthetics May Benefit Those With Motor Diseases

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Summary: It may be possible to optimize the stimulation parameters of brain implants in animals without human intervention. The study highlights the potential for autonomous optimization of prostheses implanted in the brain. The advance may prove to be beneficial for those with spinal cord injury and diseases that affect movement.

Source: University of Montreal.

Scientists have long studied neurostimulation to treat paralysis and sensory deficits caused by strokes and spinal cord injuries, which in Canada affect some 380,000 people across the country.

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