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Conceptualizing a cyborg

...wn network". To develop the next generation of prosthetics the idea is to use regions of undamaged nervous tissue to provide command signals to drive a device, such as an artificial limb. The challenge is for a prosthesis to perform naturally, relaying two-way communication with the patient's brain. For exa...

MIT: Pulsing light silences overactive neurons

...rch could lead to the development of optical brain prosthetics to control neurons, eliminating the need for irreversible surgery. "In the future, controlling the activity patterns of neurons may enable very specific treatments for neurological and psychiatric diseases, with few or no side effects," said Edwar...

Nanotechnology being used to improve biocompatibility of human prosthetics and implants

...to keep them active. In the fields of implants and prosthetics calcium phosphate (CP) coatings on titanium alloy implants are proving their worth in orthopaedic and dental applications. The most promising form of CP are hydroxyapatite (Ca 10 (PO 4 ) 6 (OH) 2 , HA) coatings used to promote rapid bone remodellin...

Scientists and engineers apply nature's design to human problems

...ontrol principles derived from animals to engineer prosthetics and robots. Yen noted that biomimetry even offers inspiration for the way students -- and faculty ?learn. "Like animals, we can learn by playing," Yen explained. "We're looking to nature as our template." WRITER: Jane Sanders ...

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