February 28th 2012

Real life science fiction advancements

The lines between science-fiction and reality is continually getting smaller. As humans, we are starting to combine biology and technology into something truly amazing.

From manipulating computers with our minds to implanting medical devices to improve the lives of others, there are interesting new inventions that are really bringing science-fiction to life.

Here are some of our favorites:

Powered Exoskeletons

Considered the sci-fi of modern prosthetics, powered exoskeletons. These exoskeletons are worn as suits, having a power supply that aids in limb movement. They can help assist and protect those with dangerous jobs, such as construction workersand soldiers, and with them they can be strong in ways otherwise not possible.

Tumor Implants

These tiny implants have been developed by scientists at MIT, and can be placed inside a tumor to monitor its growth and response to treatment. This gives doctors a way to track their growth, instead of being monitored by biopsy. It provides a solution that is less invasive, more accurate, and can provide up-to-the-minute information about the tumor’s exact state.

Retinal Implants

Working with special glasses that are fitted with a small camera relaying visual data to a chip on the surface of the eyeball, retinal implant systems will be able to help visually impaired people see. The electrodes under the retina could stimulate the optic nerve, and the bio-compatible diamond helps advance this new technology.

Bionic Limbs

More functional than ever before, prosthetic limbs can now be controlled by nerve tissue in the bodies of amputees. This restores movement to hands, arms, feet and legs that have been lost.

LED Contact Lenses

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed tiny, semi-transparent LEDs that can now be integrated into contact lenses. This ups the possibility of making full-color displays possible. The implant on the contact lenses creates LED arrays that can display images on top of the retina. In turn, it creates images that are in perfect focus. The contact can turn off the display, because when it is turned off, the array is invisible.

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Andrew loves art and design, and pursues his studies in his final year at the Ontario College of Art and Design. He loves seeking out new artists and giving them their dues, and in his spare time, focuses on his own abstract sculpture.