Current prosthetic limbs aren’t yet capable of transmitting complex sensations like texture or pain to the user, but a recent breakthrough by scientists at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, in which a synthetic layer of skin on an artificial hand transmitted feelings of pain directly to the user, takes us one step…
Italian anthropologists have documented a remarkable case in which a Medieval-era Italian male not only managed to survive the amputation of his right hand, he also used a bladed weapon as a prosthetic limb.
Shirley Anderson of Indiana was in great need of a prosthesis.
The Instrumented Bodies project creates prosthetic musical instruments that create sound based on the movement of the wearer's body. They also appear as cyborg extensions of the body, luminescent spinal cords, visors, and rib cage attachments.
While many prosthetic limbs are either purely functional, or designed to somewhat resemble the limbs they replace, the prostheses designed by Sophie de Oliveira Barata for her Alternative Limb Project celebrate their artificial nature. This design studio creates personalized limbs that offer a beauty very distinct…
Chicago's Willis (formerly "Sears") Tower is one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world — and yesterday it was scaled by amputee/bionic-badass Zac Vawter.
Ray Allen Brown, a 52-year-old non-zombie Arkansas man, is in jail tonight, charged with second-degree murder for the death of 52-year-old Robert Brindley. No bath salts are known to have been involved, nor was any human flesh consumed by the human charged with the crime.
Filmmaker Rob Spence, otherwise known as the Eyeborg, has been toying with robotics for some time. Now, with the help of some engineers, he has a robotic eye that can record near everything he sees. He thinks voluntary prosthesis is the future.
Call it a silent killer: some 6 percent of the U.S. population has some kind of voice disorder, most of those resulting from scarring of the vocal cords that can lead to diminishing or even total loss of the ability to speak. Giving voice to the voiceless, a team of Harvard and MIT researchers have developed a …
When you have a prosthetic device implanted in your body, how do you retrieve information about it? You can't look at the bottom for a model number and you don't want to go under the knife to find the manufacturer.
Where to even begin with this! Adorable miniature horse Midnite—and don't you dare call him a pony—lost most of his rear leg under negligence of a previous owner. Unable to bring themselves to euthanize the wee man, Ranch Hand Rescue worked with Forth Worth's Prosthetic Care to fashion him a tiny prosthetic horse…
A battle with cancer left film megacritic Roger Ebert without much of the lower half of his face. But he will appear on his new TV show looking quite like his old self. How? A meticulously sculpted prosthetic chin.
Let's get something straight—amputation is an awful, tragic thing. That being said, these personally customized prosthetic limbs are wonderful in that they make people mobile again—and look like German sports cars. Great industrial design for a great cause.
Dean Kamen is both notoriously shy and uninterested when it comes to media appearances, but Stephen Colbert was able to lure him in with his earnest, unrelenting, right-wing agenda. And Kamen even brought his DARPA-funded bionic Luke Arm. Full video:
Current prostheses allow individuals who have lost a hand to grasp and hold objects, but regaining their sense of touch has been out of the question. But a new robotic hand is giving its wearers a new tactile sensation.
Not only is this artificial hand incredibly versatile, but it's based upon extremely simple mechanics.
Human legs are just so bourgeois. You'll never catch me wearing the last millennium's leg fashions again.
The latest Ossur Power Knee is just a prosthesis, but it more closely resembles a robot than any artificial limb.
In 2005, Ellie May Challis lost all of her limbs to meningitis. In 2009, she's become the youngest person ever fitted with carbon fiber legs.
Designer Hans Alexander Huseklepp believes that prostheses, like glasses, can be both functional and fashionable.