Daisy Harriman has the world's first bionic hand specifically designed for children. Recipients must work with an occupational therapist to learn how to operate the hand. John Roland explains functionality.
ProDigits: Adults (02:48)
Steven Ball recalls climbing Mt. McKinley and losing parts of his body to frostbite. His bionic hand is more advanced than the children's version; it has two electrodes.
Adaptive Knee (04:13)
The human leg is complex. The Blatchford system combines hydraulics and pneumatics and allows the amputee to control the limb. Prosthetic users discuss their experiences.
Shadow Hand (02:03)
The Shadow Robotic Company's design uses air power to mimic muscles. The human hand performs 22 functions; the robotic hand does the same.
Replicating Human Senses (02:26)
Prof. Chris Toumazou discusses using bio-inspired silicon to model physiology and a microchip that can mimic the functions of a human ear.
Technological Implants (04:41)
Prof. Kevin Warwick discusses the silicon transponder he had implanted in his left arm in 1998 and the newest experiment where a chip will have direct connection with nervous fibers. He demonstrates robots that use ultra-sonic sensors.
Neural Engineering (02:24)
The brain is the most complex machine on Earth; neurologists try to understand neuron function. Researchers remove the brain stem from a lamprey fish and connect it to a robot; the fish passes signals both ways from brain to robot.
Cybernetic Ethics (04:10)
Experts consider ethical implications of cyborg research and the need for regulation. Humans must maintain biological drives. Society is more accepting of robotics than in the past.
Credits: Evolution Revolution (00:54)
Credits: Evolution Revolution
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