This Cyborg Arm Is the First Step to a Badass Lego Mech Suit

At some point in your nerdy childhood, you surely imagined what it would be like to build an entire exoskeleton out of Lego. How much fun would that be to have a Lego creation you could actually climb inside and drive around?! Well, award-winning Lego enthusiast Diavo Voltaggio is well on his way to that bright future. » 8/12/14 11:24am 8/12/14 11:24am

My Cyborg Ear: How a Surgeon and Titanium Cured My Lifelong Deafness

I've never been able to hear well. As a child, I was in and out of the hospital as doctors struggled to treat chronic ear infections that left me in throbbing pain and, eventually, relative silence. By the time I went to college, I had only one half-functioning ear drum and no hope of regaining the hearing I'd lost… » 7/11/14 10:00am 7/11/14 10:00am

Design Directives: Remaking Robocop's Interface for the 21st Century

The Robocop remake doesn't just reinvent his outer shell with a sleek new shape — it also changes how the cyborg police officer sees the rest of the world. We spoke to lead designer Mert Kizilay from the L.A. design studio yU+Co about creating a new user interface for Robocop. » 2/23/14 5:36pm 2/23/14 5:36pm

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

In the Future, Wars Will Be Fought with Lasers and Robots

If you take a step back and really think about it, we're living in a pretty futuristic age. People are flying around on jetpacks. Everybody's carrying around pocket computers. We go to space, like, all the time. We can control prosthetic limbs with our minds. Pretty futuristic! Not everyone is so convinced, though. » 9/27/13 5:26pm 9/27/13 5:26pm

Scary-Sounding Mind-Controlled Drones Actually Aim to Do Good

There's something uncanny about drones, those autonomous airplanes that kill insurgents and civilians—but mostly civilians—and anger the pants off of many liberty-loving Americans. But drones aren't all bad. Outside of warzones, drones have been helping everyone from farmers to journalists and now they're helping… » 6/05/13 4:42pm 6/05/13 4:42pm

DARPA's Crazy Mind-Controlled Prosthetics Have Gotten Even Better

We've known for a few years now that DARPA-funded prosthetics research is yielding some pretty incredible technology. We're not talking incredible in the robotic cheetah sense. We're talking incredible in The Incredibles sense of the term. Specifically, DARPA is literally building superheroic technology that enables… » 5/31/13 12:11pm 5/31/13 12:11pm

Preeminent Cyborg Afraid Google's Glass Design Might Be Wack

Google's been pushing its Project Glass hard lately, with Sergey Brin wearing a pair everywhere, and going so far as to call smartphones "emasculating." The space-age specs do seem pretty cool, but everyone's favorite Canadian cyborg Steve Mann told IEEE Specturm that he's concerned about its design. And he would know. » 3/02/13 10:10am 3/02/13 10:10am

HAL: The Do-Gooder Exo-Suit With the Really Evil Name

While it's a shame that the Fukushima disaster could well have been prevented, you can only dwell on the past for so long. If Japan is to move on from this disaster, the Fukushima facility must come down. But how does one disassemble such a highly radioactive structure? One research team hopes the solution involves… » 10/22/12 11:30am 10/22/12 11:30am

If We Ever Become Superhuman Cyborgs, This Is How It'll Happen

Neural implants and biologically altered humans are the stuff of science fiction, but we're teetering on the precipice of the promise of what lies just beyond our current scientific prowess. What's going to happen when we make the first inroads to improving human function and intelligence through technological… » 6/05/12 9:16am 6/05/12 9:16am