Three men with severe nerve damage have voluntarily had their hands amputated and replaced with prothetic versions that they're able to control with their minds.
Listen to me now and believe me later, 2013 was no year to just sit around eating buffalo-wing-flavored-pretzels-flavored-biscuits. Or maybe it was. But it was also the year we got down to the nitty gritty of of health and fitness. From bionic knees to six-pack science, here are our favorite Fitmodos of 2013.
If you're a master chef or a home cook or someone who occasionally wanders into a kitchen in search of food, you'd know that your life is much easier with two hands. Cutting vegetables, washing dishes, using a frying pan and basically just doing things requires both your hands. That's why it's so heartbreaking that…
The first ever bionic hand that allows patients to feel again will be transplanted into a human this year, according to the researchers who have developed it.
Researchers have been working on this for a very long time and now they have finally achieved it: scientists at North Carolina State University have successfully remotely controlled cockroaches. Watch the video. It's both disgusting and impressive, but it could save your life one day.
Sun Jifa should be an inspiration to us all. After he lost both of his hands when a homemade bomb exploded, he spent the past 8 years making prototype bionic hands until figuring out the system he has now. It looks awesome and they work wonderfully.
This is Bella, a three-legged llama who was in danger of being euthanized because of the depression—and inability to get around—caused by her amputation. Until, that is, she received an awesome new cheetah-print bionic leg. Now she is the happiest three legged llama in all the land.
Verizon has finally let a bunch of smartphone and tablet owners exhale, giving up the full list of current devices that will be getting the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. There's 14 devices in all. See if yours made the cut.
Bionics are an amazing technology that most of us will hopefully never have to use. But being able to move a robot hand with your brain is incredibly cool, and Touch Bionics' new Virtu-LIMB lets you try a bionic hand without "installing" it.
Chloe Holmes, now 15, heartbreakingly lost most of her fingers when she was a mere toddler after suffering from septicaemia due to chickenpox. She's been without a usable hand since then. Thankfully though, she's been outfitted with a bionic hand to help her out.
Announced at CES and delayed because it was receiving "enhancements," the Motorola Droid Bionic has appeared on Amazon, safely swaddled by a desktop dock and car dock.
At just five weeks old, Naki'o lost all four of his paws in freezing water. Now, amazingly, he's become bionic. He's the first dog to be outfitted with four prosthetic legs.
The human body is OK, I guess. But why is it so fragile? And why can't I stream my thoughts to my TV? And you know, it'd be pretty nice to be able to fly.
This is Rex. Not the man, he's called Hayden—Rex is short for Robotic Exoskeleton, and it's the name of the robotic pants Hayden's wearing. Robotic pants that let him walk for the first time in five years.
Researchers at the University of Michigan have created a prosthesis that makes walking much easier on amputees than current options. The trick: an artificial foot that recycles the kinetic energy generated by walking.
Over 30 people are currently outfitted with ProDigits, bionic fingers that can actually grab and pick up objects in a way that previous prostheses couldn't. You've got to see these in action.
A Swiss company called IMI has been putting its "Intelligent Retinal Implant System" through clinical trials for the past three years. When it's ready, it could help restore sight to the blind.
So, why would you ever want to make your fingertip magnetic? Well, how about being able to feel your laptop spinning up? Or sensing if a cable had a current going through it? Think of it as a sixth sense.