How Close Are We to Building a Full-Fledged Cyborg?

The dream of the cyborg is coming true at an exhilarating rate. As humans gets better and better at making machines, we keep attaching those machines to our bodies to make ourselves better humans. It seems at times that the only question left is if we can put a human brain in a robotic frame. Actually, it's not a… » 10/21/13 3:00pm 10/21/13 3:00pm

I Wore a Bionic Leg, And I Never Wanted To Take It Off Again

Say you've just had ACL surgery. Or you're recovering from a bad break. Or, worse, you suffer a stroke, or MS, or spinal or neurological damage. Regaining the power to walk is one of the toughest things you can do, and it may be impossible without a crutch, rail, or physical therapist to lean on. The AlterG Bionic… » 7/10/13 3:48pm 7/10/13 3:48pm

Science Has Built Luke Skywalker's Robotic Hand, Touch and All

Amputees may one day regain actual feeling thanks to Darpa and researchers at Case Western University who have created what we thought was once only possible in science fiction. As a part of DARPA's Reliable Neural-Interface Technology (RE-NET) program, CWRU's flat interface nerve electrode (FINE) system has… » 6/18/13 5:28pm 6/18/13 5:28pm

Dog Made Adorably Bionic With Model Airplane Wheels

This tiny puppy, named Hope, was born without front legs. You know what that means: it was time to create a robopuppy. Orthotist David Turnbill created a custom support for Hope using a couple of model airplane wheels, and each one of the "legs" can move up and down independently, allowing Hope to pivot and turn. If… » 6/25/08 10:40am 6/25/08 10:40am

Researchers Create Bionic Eye Prototype, Render Guide Dogs Obsolete

The Boston Retinal Implant Project recently developed a bionic eye implant that will restore vision to those affected by degenerative blindness. The device works by being implanted into the back of the eyeball and working as a light transmitter to the brain, where the two are connected by a nerve/wire thinner than a… » 3/10/08 9:39pm 3/10/08 9:39pm