Check out the video below of a bionic arm and what a bit difference it can make in one person’s quality of life. Even with relatively simple motions (open, close, rotate), it facilitates things like tying shoes, walking the dog, etc. Cool technology.
Energy storage and consumption is the bane of any new technology, especially portable ones. Researchers at the Case Western Reserve University have accomplished something that I find quite incredible…tapping into a living organism’s biological energy system, and converting that to electricity which can then be used by human technology that has been added to the organism. A true step closer to a living cyborg. Awesome. Ok, so it’s really more suitable to invertebrates at this point, but it still has incredible potential. It also brings back memories of that scene in the Fifth Element, where a cockroach is equipped with a microphone, transmitter, and remote control, to enable Zorg’s men to eavesdrop on the President (the image here). Read more about it over at Gizmag.