6. Lab-grown organs
Researchers are working on similar 3D-printing technology to
grow hearts, lungs, kidneys, and livers in the lab, using a recipient’s own
stem cells to ensure perfectly compatible replacements. Though lab-grown human
transplants are still many years away, this technique could eventually supplant
contributions from organ donors as a way to prolong human lives.
7. Digital arms and legs
In June 2014, researchers at Johns Hopkins attached the
first mind-controlled artificial arms — prosthetics that could respond directly
to signals from the brain — to a 59-year-old double amputee. The devices
contain more than 100 sensors, which could theoretically restore physical
sensations to the limbs.
8. Magnetic fingertips and glow-in-the-dark skin
Self-proclaimed biohackers are implanting
electronics under their skin. Why? Apparently, tattoos and piercings are just
not painful enough. Subcutaneous magnets inserted in one’s fingers allow their
owners to detect minute magnetic fields (and, presumably, rescue small metallic
objects from tight spaces). LED lights implanted in the fatty tissue of the
epidermis don’t do anything practical, but look cool in a Robocop kind of way.
Ekso Bionics’ wearable, battery-powered
exo-skeleton (shown here) can restore mobility to people who have limited
control over their lower extremities. Cyberdyne’s Hybrid Assistive Lab (HAL)
suit, which allows healthy people
to carry up to ten times more weight than they normally could,
is already in use in Japan.
of putting technology into different organs in your body, some companies want
to put your organs into tech. For example: Australian startup Humai Techhopes to take your brain, freeze it
after you die, and (at some future date) pop it back into a cybernetic organism
with all of your memories and personality intact.