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Sep 19, 2010

Human Fiber Optics Could Give Senses to Artificial Limbs

DARPA, working with the Southern Methodist University Neurophotonics Research Center, is currently developing a system of wild new fiber optics that could give a sense of pressure and feeling to artificial limbs.

Aside from the obvious benefits that a future amputee victim might experience, the implants could also curb tremors, manage pain or treat spinal cord injuries—just to name a few.

Beyond that, DARPA (and SMU) has once again has found a way to blend the present with what was once science fiction:

"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.

58 comments:

Biff Tanner said...

That's freaking awesome.

Mantooth said...

Holy shit. This almost makes me want to lose a limb just to experience feeling in a fake one.

polyhexanide said...

holy shit your blog is fucking awesome
1k followers? fuck me
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J Mo said...

this would be amazing!

niceonice said...

that's amazing. this could help so many people

Katie Greene said...

mind equals blown

down2brasstax said...

wow. hooray for science

Executive said...

Hmmm, what will be left for science fiction writers once we achieve interstellar travel?

ColoringWithKrylon said...

Why would you want sensation in an artificial limb? That's one of the benefits. Oven mitts become a thing of the past.

A musician and gamer said...

that be soooo boss

Autumn said...

Wow, and here I was thinking spray on clothing was amazing.

Swift Love said...

thanks for the inspiration!

chasityxo said...

that would be amazing!

Commsky said...

Star wars status

David Davidson said...

This is absolutely wonderful for medical technology.

Can't wait to see this get implemented.

KLJ said...

Well... if I had a liumb cut off for any reason at least now I know that I will still be able to feel things.

Michaelangelo said...

I've seen something like this about a person loosing an eye and having some amazing fiber optics put into a fake one, It made me want to lose an eye just to get that, lmao. Science is crazy.


Much love and a lil currency support going your way bro

The Loon said...

ESCAPE VELOCITY.

4-Eva! said...

nice...SCIENCE!

Joshua la Joshua said...

that's fucking amazing. i'm gunna go blow my hand off right now so i can be a part of this

ramrod360 said...

Fucking awesome!!!!

Sethisto said...

It's about time..

Now where are my synthetic wings and heat vision?

Splash87 said...

So be the power of SCIENCE!

amidoinitrite? said...

your post moved me...

Tetru Eunor said...

Interesting!

DailyDose said...

Crazyness

- Enfermo - said...

very cool post

Saveit said...

I love it when technology can be used to help put injured ppl back together again.
I always have to stop by and check your blog.

MellowCoke said...

I cannot wait for the day when we can be cyborgs.

Alex said...

Dude that's intense! Awesome post! I love reading about this stuff so keep up the good work!

Fuuuuuuuu said...

Good ideas here

OMGRAVE! said...

freakin' awesome.

ihazasad said...

Wow, seems like a can exchange most parts of my body with artificial parts. I would become a fucking Cyborg!

Naj said...

now that would be a good news to amputees. they only need to lower the price of this so that everyone can afford it.

MacPCharmony said...

very interesting indeed!

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UnseenSniper said...

That's pretty sweet!

Bloguero Amado Nervo said...

Very Cool!
All those medicine facts are interesting.

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Skunkfunk said...

Whoa, science's done it again

Sweeeeeetas said...

This would do wonders to AI!!!

applecider said...

this can really help some poor kids who were born with missing limbs

Saryn said...

And so the beginning of the cyborg wars was sparked.

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Michele said...

Very interesting!

Pulled a Mussel said...

Holy shiteeeeeee

Muhunty said...

awsome post mate. Cool read. spp

Djoni Vejn said...

im scared of future :S

Stav88os said...

Interesting..

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izmeer said...

Cool

Barnacle said...

Wow, now THERE is my dreamjob!

Viperman said...

tech sure has come a long way huh

STINSENATOR said...

great topic, i was a few years ago in the largest fiber optics factory of europe in nordenham

RiverKnyle said...

Woah, woah woah. Hold the phone. Feeling? In a dead arm? Have I entered some sort of crazy parallel universe?

superturbocharged said...

This looks very interesting.

Oni said...

sign me up for cyborg!

Sygnus said...

It's MAGICAL SCIENCE.
I'm so cutting my arm off.

ShredGuitar said...

Ah very nice.