Monday, September 20, 2010

SMU and DARPA are Working on a Way to Bring Senses to Artificial Limbs


At some point, bionics like the six million dollar man, will become common place.  Unfortunately, we're not there yet.  However, science continues to make progress, bit by bit.
The most recent advance that I've come across is this one from Southern Methodist University and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.  Basically the scientists have developed fiber optics that can somehow deliver tactile sensation (touch) and the sensation of pressure to prosthetic limbs.  While this isn't a true "cure" for those affected by the loss of limbs, it's definitely a step in the right direction.
To wrap up this post, here's a quote from one of those involved with the project:
"Science fiction writers have long imagined the day when the understanding and intuition of the human brain could be enhanced by the lightning speed of computing technologies. With this remarkable research initiative, we are truly beginning a journey into the future that will provide immeasurable benefits to humanity." - Dean Osark, SMU Lyle School of Engineering.



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