i am the cyborg antichrist

Lally, always on top of the newest and best on the net, linked me to a great feature on oobject about the top current cyborg technologies.

16 Genuine Cyborg Technologies

Just how much of the human body can you replace or augment: seemingly everything apart from the tadpole like remnants of the brain and spinal chord.

Bionic eyes, ears, hearts, lungs, kidneys, livers, hands, feets, legs, arms and skin are now real science rather than concept designs. For this list, we have gathered together as many real devices including commercially available products rather than concept designs or imagery that appeal based on gimmick value. The one exception is the tooth and ear cellphone implant which is feasible today.

An interesting idea is how the notion of a cyborg might change (often imagined as fusion of mechanical and electronic technology with human biology), since many of these devices use technology that is itself principally biological, such as stem cell lines in the bioreactor liver or artificial skin.

At the top of list when I last checked was the Bionic Contact Lense

Researchers have developed new contact lenses that contain circuits, LEDs, and a “powder” of electrical components that can enable an average human being to possess superhuman vision.

The contact lenses would allow images to be displayed in a person’s vision, superimposed on the real world.

The researchers explained that one of the most difficult parts of designing the lenses is making them biologically safe. So far, they have only tested the lenses on rabbits, with no negative effects. Electrical circuits consist of toxic chemicals, but the scientists built them from layers of metal only a few nanometers thick.

Now is a great time to be a rabbit.

In any case, the rest of the list is pretty sweet too. Check it out, and link me to any other cyborg technologies missing from the list!

1 Comment

  1. When asked why I have not yet gotten contact lenses, my reply is generally that I am “waiting for bionic super-vision.”

    The time, it seems, has come. Sign me up for clinical trials.

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