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Wearing a Deus Ex-inspired bionic arm is the future of prosthetics

The futuristic world of Deus Ex could soon be a reality after the game's creators announced a project with Razer and Open Bionics to create a prosthetic arm based on the world of the game.<p>The team behind Deus Ex are making video games a reality, and solving a very real problem at the same time, …

3D Printing

How It Works: A Laser-Powered Ear Implant to Boost Hearing

Directly stimulating human cells with light<p>Hearing loss from weapons and explosive devices has been the No. 1 disability in this country's modern military conflicts, saddling thousands of veterans with anything from tinnitus to deafness. Now a new generation of laser-based implants promises to …

Big Pic: An Electronic Membrane Thin Enough To Drape Over Human Hairs

A step toward electronic contact lenses<p>What's this? It's an electronic membrane that's so thin and flexible, it can drape itself over human hairs and continue to work. Yep, those long sticks are hairs. The membrane is one micrometer thick, while the hairs are about 100 micrometers thick.<p>This device …

Nanotech

Prosthetic Hand With Sense of Touch Picks Stems From Cherries

Igor Spetic lost his hand on the job three years ago to an industrial hammer. But like Luke Skywalker, Spetic’s testing a new bionic hand. And though …

Half-Cow, Half-Machine Artificial Heart Implanted in First Human

This week, French surgeons implanted a Carmat artificial heart in a human patient for the very first time. The device, which combines mechanical …

Google's Next Crazy Project: Smart Contact Lenses

If you thought Google Glass was pretty far out, the tech giant's latest project might have you seeing double.<p>Google is developing a "smart" contact lens. Yes, a contact lens made with super-tiny chips and sensors and an antenna inside that -- of course -- you wear right on your eyeball. No joke.<p>But …

How 'cybathletes' will reshape human bodies

<i>This article was taken from The WIRED World in 2016 -- our fourth annual trends report, a standalone magazine in which our network of expert writers</i> …

Cure for cataracts: scientists use stem cells to grow 'living lens' in eye

Cataracts can be cured by regrowing the lens in the eye using stem cells, a breakthrough hailed as 'remarkable' by scientists<p>Cataracts can be cured by using a patient’s own stem cells to regrow a ‘living lens’ in their eye, restoring sight in just three months, scientists have shown.<p>In research …

Stem Cells

This Smartwatch Turns Your Skin Into A Touchscreen

Touch yourself<p>Researchers at Carnegie Mellon have used electrodes to turn your skin into a touchpad extension for wearables like smartwatches. The SkinTrack system uses four pairs of electrodes embedded in the watchband, while a ring on your finger generates an electrical signal when you touch your …

Wearable Tech

Approved: Prosthetic Legs That Anchor Directly To The Bone

No longer just for Oscar the cat<p>This prosthetic doesn’t go out on a limb, but into a limb.<p>The FDA has just approved leg prosthetics that anchor directly to the bone, which could change the lives of amputees who cannot use typical ball-and-socket prosthetics.<p>Most prosthetics require a cup-shaped …

Sound Waves Could Speed Up Wound Healing

Sounds good to us<p>Application of ultrasound has been shown to speed broken bone regeneration by one third, and even restore memory to mice with Alzheimer’s. Now researchers have found that ultrasound can accelerate healing time of skin wounds too.<p>The elderly and those with diabetes can often develop …

University of Sheffield

Japan Says Yes To Giant Robot Duel With America

Let the bot-on-bot action commence<p>Last week, American giant robot makers Megabot challenged Japanese giant robot makers Suidobashi Heavy Industry to a giant robot battle. The video, subtitled in Japanese and filled with waving American flags, coincidentally happened to come out right before a …

This Ancient Paper Art Makes Flexible, Super Strong Electronics

Kirigami is changing the way we design materials<p>Thanks to the art of paper cutting, Kirigami, soon stretchable plasma displays and batteries will become a more viable reality.<p>Material design teams across the country are taking cues from this variation on origami—popularized in the US in the 1960s …

University of Michigan

Mind-Reading Program Translates Thoughts Into Text

Ever wished Siri could just read your mind?<p>Technology can reconstruct video based on a person's thoughts and even anticipate your moves while you drive. Now, a brain-to-text system can translate brain activity into written words.<p>In a recent study in <i>Frontiers in Neuroscience</i>, seven patients had …

The Brain

3 New Kinds of Battery That Just Might Change the World

We used to think that technology was about devices. We were wrong. Those feeble plastic and glass exoskeletons are nowhere near as important as the …

Study reveals a way to prevent lithium batteries from catching on fire

Lithium batteries are powering most of our devices. From watches, smartphones and tablets to vehicles and even homes. These have proven to be a clean source of energy that is also very efficient, but you do hear of the occasional battery that bursts into flames. This is especially bad when it …

Clean Energy

Scientists Just Invented the Neural Lace

In the Culture novels by Iain M. Banks, futuristic post-humans install devices on their brains called a “neural lace.” A mesh that grows with your …

Recent Reports Make Machine Learning Sound Like a Sport. It isn’t

News that Baidu, the Google of China, cheated to take the lead in an international competition for artificial intelligence technology has caused a …

The Surface Texture of This Material Is Tuned With a Simple Squeeze

This lump of polymer may look nice and smooth right now, but given a shove it can form complex pasterns of ridges or bumps on its surface—the result …

Virtual reality gym brings all the benefits of a strenuous workout

A new device called Icaros pairs with a VR headset to give physical activity a digital edge<p>Need a spot of exercise but can’t face the gym? Love gaming but not the couch? Icaros could be the answer. Devised by German design company Hyve, the contraption is paired with a VR headset to bring physical …

Virtual Reality

Regular Old Sewing Thread Can Be Woven Into Strong Artificial Muscles

Given Disney’s amusement parks are packed full of audio-animatronic characters, it only makes sense that the company’s research division would be …

Chameleon-Like Material Changes Colors When Stretched

Joseph and the technicolor silicon<p>The trippy pulsating flower above is actually color-changing science in motion.<p>Scientists at UC Berkeley developed a new super-thin silicon material that changes color when force is applied (like stretching). The research was published today in <i>Optica</i>.<p>"This is the …

Terminator draws closer with shape-shifting liquid metal motor

Using gallium, a metal with a very low melting point, researchers have developed a self-powered, shape-shifting liquid metal motor.<p>There are some concepts from sci-fi that really should never, ever see the light of day. The T-1000 -- the murderous robot made of shifting liquid metal -- is arguably …

Engineering

This finger-mounted camera helps the blind to read

An MIT-developed device mounted on the user's hand guides the finger along lines of text, employing a camera to convert text to audio.<p>A prototype device developed by researchers at MIT's Media Lab would allow the blind to read with their finger without having to learn Braille. The FingerReader, …

Text-To-Speech

Robotic Spider Dress Powered By Intel Smart Wearable Technology

<b>Smart Spider Dress, powered by Intel Edison, blends fashion with robotics and wearable technology to express the wearer’s emotions and protect their</b> …

Intel Corporation

This bionic arm could help amputees regain a true sense of touch

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Credit: EPFL<p>Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute in Lausanne and Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Italy report …

Researchers Spin Fishing Line into Super Muscles - D-brief

By Carl Engelking | February 20, 2014 1:08 pm<p>University of Texas at Dallas researchers have made artificial muscles of various sizes by twisting and …

Scientists Grow First Functioning Human Lungs - D-brief

By Carl Engelking | February 17, 2014 3:09 pm<p>Researchers in Texas grew adult lungs (right) starting with “scaffolding” (left) that’s left behind from …

A New Material For Night-Vision Contact Lenses

The material is based on graphene.<p>Nobody has made night-vision contact lenses yet… but here's a glimpse at how that technology might work, if it ever comes to be.<p>University researchers have created a super-light, super-thin material that detects infrared light. Infrared includes the wavelengths of …

Nanotech

Scientists can now create accurate mugshots using only DNA

Even though DNA analysis is still stuck in the past when applied by law enforcement today, scientists are still pushing the envelope with work that can turn DNA into a more effective investigative tool. In a new study published this week, researchers at Penn State and the Catholic University of …