Incredible Spinal Cord Implant Helps Paralyzed Rats Walk Again

Researchers have developed a thin, electrode-embedded ribbon which, when implanted along the spinal cord, lets paralyzed rats move again. Researchers are hoping to advance to clinical trials in humans soon. » 1/09/15 6:30pm 1/09/15 6:30pm

A startup has developed a contraceptive chip for women that can be turned on and off using a remote control device. The implant, which dispenses 30 micrograms of levonorgestrel each day, is designed to last for 16 years. Pre-clinical testing starts next year in the U.S., with the goal of having it on the market by… » 7/10/14 3:20pm 7/10/14 3:20pm

New Implant Helps Paralyzed Patients Regain Partial Use Of Their Legs

After receiving an implant that electrically stimulates the spinal cord, four paraplegic men can now voluntarily move their previously paralyzed legs. It's a breakthrough that's poised to revolutionize the treatment of paralysis. » 4/08/14 12:15pm 4/08/14 12:15pm

This cybernetic hand is the first to give amputees a sense of touch

You're looking at LifeHand2, a prosthetic limb that allows amputees to feel sensory-rich information in real time. The futuristic device, which transmits signals to nerves in the upper arm, is not yet commercially available or portable — but it represents an important proof-of-concept as researchers work to create… » 2/05/14 11:30am 2/05/14 11:30am

Could a cybernetic implant really help you lose weight?

Forget about fad diets and surgery. Researchers from ETH-Zurich have come up with a potential high-tech solution to the ongoing obesity epidemic: An implantable slimming aid that monitors fat in the blood. In response to elevated levels, it produces a substance that tells the body that it's not hungry. » 11/29/13 10:48am 11/29/13 10:48am

A Battery That Allows Electronics and Implants To Stretch Along With It

Imagine batteries stretchy enough to flex inside clothing or under the skin. Unusually elastic batteries could one day help power flexible electronics worn on or implanted inside the body, researchers say. » 2/28/13 8:20am 2/28/13 8:20am

How a tiny eye implant could save your vision from glaucoma

Stents have long been used in medicine for keeping blocked arteries open, along with various other tubes of the body that are prone to blockage and collapse. Now, this same concept has been shrunk down to a minute size, and might soon be finding a home in your eyeballs. » 11/14/12 8:43am 11/14/12 8:43am

Surgical implant will allow cyborg artist to see colors through sound

For years now, colorblind artist Neil Harbisson has used a special head-mounted device to help him translate colors into sound. Not content to wear it on the head for the rest of his life, however, Harbisson has decided to have it surgically implanted. The upcoming procedure is part of the European artist's larger… » 7/09/12 10:30am 7/09/12 10:30am

Watch a 29-year-old deaf woman hear her own voice for the first time

From sloanchurman: "I was born deaf and 8 weeks ago I received a hearing implant. This is the video of them turning it on and me hearing myself for the first time :)". Amazing. » 9/30/11 10:00am 9/30/11 10:00am

A gallery of biotech devices that could give you superpowers right now

Biotechnology now outpaces the bodies we were born with. Today, we can give ourselves additional senses or improve the ones we've got, and we can heighten our strength while also building limbs better than the breakable ones most of us have. Here's a gallery of all the human enhancements that will be improving lives… » 7/21/11 8:00am 7/21/11 8:00am

Glucose biofuel cells could provide sustainable power for human implants

A French research team has successfully implanted glucose biofuel cells in rats — yielding enough electricity to run a pacemaker without the need for a battery. » 5/20/10 8:30am 5/20/10 8:30am

Son Of "Where Are My Cybernetic Implants?"

Welcome to Ask a Biogeek, a column where you ask UC Berkeley researcher Terry Johnson any question you want - no matter how weird. » 8/07/08 9:00am 8/07/08 9:00am There seems to be a strong correlation between my posting an article on a subject, and my RSS feeds filling up with exciting new research, which I then wish I'd been able to include. The…

Brain Implants Instead of Prozac

Brain implants are here, and they're making people happy. It'll probably still be a while before you can neurointerface directly with the internet or your friends and lovers, but psychologists are testing implantable brain 'pacemakers' that regulate brain activity and so far appear really useful for treating the most… » 5/27/08 2:20pm 5/27/08 2:20pm

Implantable Wi-Fi network Invented, Dennis Quaid Flies Into Jealous Rage

It's been 21 years since Dennis Quaid pioneered the field of implantable communications technology by sending traveler's dispatches from inside Martin Short's body (and briefly Meg Ryan's too, hubba hubba!) in Innerspace. Now, Dennis, it seems you've been outdone. The UK's Office of Communications has just issued a … » 5/08/08 9:30am 5/08/08 9:30am

The Data Is In: Brain Implants Can Make You Happy

For over a decade researchers have been treating many different ailments, including depression, with electrodes lodged deep in the brain. Devices like this Soletra brain implant deliver electrical impulses to a targeted brain region, essentially creating artificial activity in an area that the brain won't activate on… » 4/29/08 11:34am 4/29/08 11:34am