Meet Neil, A Real-Life Cyborg Who Hears Colors

28-year-old Neil Harbisson has achromatopsia, which means he only sees in black and white. You'll notice in his photo however, that he's wearing a camera mounted to his head. This converts colors into soundwaves—making him "hear" colors. » 6/04/10 12:40pm 6/04/10 12:40pm

Can Your Body Be A Battery?

What if machines ran off biological fuel—blood sugar—from our bodies? Could we basically power gadgets on America's increasing supply of body fat and Snickers bars? » 11/15/09 11:30pm 11/15/09 11:30pm

Careful, You'll Poke an Eye Out with That Thing

How might one repair a cyborg's eye in the future? Why, with this handy eyeball removing tool. How does one forget what's seen in this image? Macallan 12 years, neat, that's how. [Bloomers and Bows via Boing Boing Gadgets] » 11/15/09 10:30am 11/15/09 10:30am

The Enhanced Human, SkyMall Style

I am ashamed of two things. 1) That in our quest for the cyborg life, we were beaten to the punch by SkyMall, and 2) that none of the following products are fake. » 11/14/09 10:00pm 11/14/09 10:00pm

How Cellphones Are Changing Our Brains

We've spent a lot of time this week discussing how we can use technology to change our bodies. But according to new research, one of the gadgets we rely on daily is already having a measurable effect on our brains. » 11/14/09 8:00pm 11/14/09 8:00pm

Normal Was Never Cool: Inception of Perception

Last year I met a beautiful five-year-old child, who had been born with neurofibramatosis (NF), causing her left leg to have extremely brittle bones. » 11/14/09 1:00pm 11/14/09 1:00pm

There Shouldn't Be A GPS Tracking System In My Lingerie

I'm all for naughty, oh-come-treat-me-like-a-bad-girl-tonight scraps of lace. What I'm not such a fan of is trashy oh-come-follow-me-using-the-built-in-GPS lingerie. I don't care if it's pretty, frilly designer lingerie. It's got a damn tracking system embedded in the fabric. » 11/14/09 2:00am 11/14/09 2:00am

Becoming a Sexual Cyborg (NSFW)

I used to think "sexual enhancement" just meant "sex toys." That is, until I started exploring the wonderful—and sometimes utterly weird—world of mechanical and electronic sex augmentations. Here's what's happening now and what will happen soon. » 11/14/09 12:00am 11/14/09 12:00am

Finger Touching Phone Concept Gives You Touchtone Knuckles

The Finger Touching phone concept is perfect if you're not brave enough to have a phone embedded under your skin, yet still want to look trendy and futuristic. Granted you'd look dorky talking into your hand, hologram buttons or not. » 11/13/09 9:40pm 11/13/09 9:40pm

At What Point Would Our Cyborg-selves Cease To Be Human?

Yes, it's the RoboCop question. How much of your body would you have to replace with machines before you could no longer be considered human? Let's break it down into percentages. » 11/13/09 5:20pm 11/13/09 5:20pm

Apple iThink (It's Not Real, But You Know You Want It)

While it would be a shame to lose the understated flare of Jonathan Ive design, the prospect of a glowing Apple logo embedded in the rear of my skull would be a worthy trade. » 11/13/09 4:40pm 11/13/09 4:40pm

10 Human Functions We've Already Handed Over To The Machines

One idea behind a "cyborg life" is that we look to machines to take on critical, physical roles. These 10 machines illustrate how we have already begun passing the torch on tasks we are getting to lazy to do ourselves. » 11/13/09 4:00pm 11/13/09 4:00pm

Synthetic Biology: Why Not Pursuing Crazy Biotech Is Dangerous

We are at a biological turning point: We can invent organisms to make our drugs and fuel, even recode our DNA. It's easy to run away screaming, but author Michael Specter says we have to quit whining and face it. » 11/13/09 2:00pm 11/13/09 2:00pm

Meat Band-Aids and Mass Production of Living Tissue

I'm touching a wet slab of protein, what feels like a paper-thin slice of bologna. It's supple, slimy, but unlike meat, if you were to slice it down the center today, tomorrow the wound would heal. It's factory-grown living tissue. » 11/13/09 10:00am 11/13/09 10:00am

EyeWriter Allows Man To Paint Despite Paralysis

Before disease took his ability to move, Tony Quan was an amazing graffiti artist. Now he is completely paralyzed, save for his eyes, and still an amazing artist. Seeing how he works left me with tear-streaked cheeks. » 11/13/09 3:00am 11/13/09 3:00am

NeuroStar TMS Depression Therapy System First To Be Given FDA Approval

Last year, Neuronetics' NeuroStar TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) Therapy system became the first device of its kind to be cleared by the FDA for treating depression. Although, the similarity to a dentist chair was probably not a great idea. » 11/13/09 1:40am 11/13/09 1:40am