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.
With Monday here, it's time to wrap up last week's theme This Cyborg Life, a look into the future of the machine called Man.
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?
There were some perks to dating a cyborg.
What better way to, um, end the This Cyborg Life theme week than a post about a British guy with a bionic ass?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Whoa whoa whoa. Wait a second. You're telling me there's no liquid cooling? [Source Unknown]
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.
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.
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.