Tiny 'Nanoneedles' Could Help Your Damaged Organs Repair Themselves

In a trial involving mice, an international team of researchers used microscopic "nanoneedles" to coax the body into generating new blood vessels. Applied to humans, the technology could eventually be used to get organs and nerves to repair themselves. » 3/30/15 1:40pm Yesterday 1:40pm

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

Need A Pick-Me-Up? Check Out These Animals Made Happier By Prosthetics

Humans aren't the only creatures whose lives can be improved by prosthetics. All sorts of animals have developed a better quality of life thanks to prosthetic tails, legs, beaks, and more. And seeing them live life to the fullest will bring a smile to your face. » 1/09/15 3:10pm 1/09/15 3:10pm

This Beautifully Minimalist Prosthetic Is Made From 3D Printed Titanium

Designer William Root has designed this mostly see-through prosthetic with an emphasis on personalization and low cost. It's available in a number of colors and patterns, with every end product remaining lightweight and strong. » 12/31/14 12:00am 12/31/14 12:00am

A Quadriplegic Woman Used Her Mind To Move This Robotic Limb In '10D'

For the first time ever, a quadriplegic woman has used her thoughts to move a robotic hand across 10 degrees of freedom. The remarkable system allowed her to pick up a variety of objects, including skinny tubes and oddly shaped rocks. » 12/18/14 6:40am 12/18/14 6:40am

3D Printing Has Turned This Canine Into A Cyborg

Meet Derby, a Husky mix born with underdeveloped legs and paws. To help, tech firm 3D Systems has printed a pair of prosthetic front limbs that now allow him to outrun his owners. » 12/17/14 7:30am 12/17/14 7:30am

This Incredibly Advanced Prosthetic Is Powered By Robotics Technology

Borrowing from the same technology that allows modern bipedal robots to walk, researchers from the University of Texas at Dallas have developed powered prosthetics that allow amputees to walk on a moving treadmill almost as fast as an able-bodied person. » 12/05/14 7:20am 12/05/14 7:20am

Mind-controlled Exoskeleton Opens World Cup, But You'd Never Know

Talk about dropping the ball. Earlier today, Juliano Pinto — a 29 year-old paraplegic — successfully kicked off the 2014 FIFA World Cup by using a mind-controlled exoskeleton. But sadly, most TV networks failed to show it. » 6/12/14 4:40pm 6/12/14 4:40pm

Game Of Thrones' Gag-Inducing Prosthetics Are Amazing

Ever wonder how Game of Thrones makes all those disturbingly convincing severed limbs and gaping wounds? One of the special effects artists has been posting incredible photos of his work on the show's grisly prosthetics. Spoilers through the end of Season Three. » 6/10/14 8:30am 6/10/14 8:30am

This Amputee Turtle's Prosthetic Fins Are Modeled On Fighter Jet Wings

What do an injured turtle and an F-22 Raptor warplane have in common? In this case, they glide thanks to a very similar wing design. » 5/27/14 10:51am 5/27/14 10:51am

The Pentagon's "Star Wars" Robotic Arm Just Got FDA Approval

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the DEKA Arm System for amputees. Named in honor of Luke Skywalker, it's the first prosthetic arm that can carry out simultaneous multiple movements triggered by a person's electrical signals. » 5/12/14 9:40am 5/12/14 9:40am

3D Printed Eyes Are Insanely Cheap Prosthetics and Look Perfect

Custom-made, prosthetic eyes are molded in acrylic and then painted by hand—a meticulous process that can take anywhere from 4 to 8 hours. But a recently developed 3D printing process can produce eyes of equal quality, at a rate of 150 per hour, reducing the cost by 97 percent. » 4/24/14 7:00pm 4/24/14 7:00pm

The History of Prosthetics Reveals a Long Tradition of Human Cyborgs

For centuries, humans have invented ingenious devices to replace lost limbs. Here we have a gallery of some of the most cutting-edge prosthetics from years past — comparable to today's bionic arms. What's fascinating is that these historic devices weren't just about limb replacement, but also enhancement. » 3/27/14 3:41pm 3/27/14 3:41pm

A Cybernetic Implant That Repairs Brain Damage

There may be an answer for people suffering from traumatic brain injuries. It's a device called a brain-machine-brain interface — and it has the potential to revolutionize the way brain damage is treated in humans. » 12/10/13 8:15am 12/10/13 8:15am

Cyborg card players of the 1920s. Hermann Peschel, seated at right, lost his left arm and his right arm below the elbow in the First World War. The grip of these super-early artificial arms could be controlled by shoulder movements. » 12/05/13 1:20pm 12/05/13 1:20pm

Space technology company builds a functioning artificial heart

An artificial heart that took 15 years to develop has been approved for human trials. The device, which was fashioned from biological tissue and parts of miniature satellite equipment, combines the latest advances in medicine, biology, electronics, and materials science. » 12/05/13 10:20am 12/05/13 10:20am

Bionic humans are about to get an upgrade, thanks to monkey cyborgs

In a big step towards making humans more bionic, scientists have trained monkeys to control not just one, but two virtual arms by thoughts alone. The work could someday be a boon to double amputees or quadriplegics. » 11/11/13 11:20am 11/11/13 11:20am

How Close Are We to Building a Full-Fledged Cyborg?

The dream of the cyborg is coming true at an exhilarating rate. As humans gets better and better at making machines, we keep attaching those machines to our bodies to make ourselves better humans. It seems at times that the only question left is if we can put a human brain in a robotic frame. Actually, it's not a… » 10/22/13 5:53pm 10/22/13 5:53pm

A Major Breakthrough in Bringing the Sense of Touch to Prosthetic Limbs

Prosthetic limbs have gotten more lifelike — and also more useful — recently. But how do you let people feel what they're touching? Recently, scientists have developed a number of supersensitive artificial skins, but the goal of restoring sensation has remained elusive. That is, until now. » 10/15/13 10:39am 10/15/13 10:39am

The world’s first mind-controlled robotic leg is ready for prime time

Late last year we told you about Zac Vawter, recipient of the first mind-controlled prosthetic leg. Now, after extensive testing and a series of important tweaks, the device is ready for actual clinical applications. Your cyborg future awaits. » 9/26/13 8:40am 9/26/13 8:40am