5 Incredible Advances From The Cyborg Fair


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Are cyborgs a real thing, or just from the movies and comic books? A few people are not only saying they are real, but are taking steps to become those real cyborgs.

A short time ago, a large grouping of cyborgists congregated in Germany. And here are five incredible advances we learned from The World’s First Cyborg Fair:

1. Finger Magnet

*RFID (radio-frequency identification) or NFC (near field communication) chips, encased in biocompatible glass

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18-year-old Michael Bareev-Rudy had a magnet surgically implanted in his index finger at the event. But he hadn’t intended to. “I was sitting there thinking for a moment, ‘Why am I doing this?’”, the kid said. “But on the other hand, I thought it’s a great opportunity, and I think it’s kind of cool to modify your own body…”

It took the ‘surgeon’ six tries to get the magnet in.

What to do with this:

Communicate with Android phones and other devices. Unlock devices, open some doors, turn lights on and off, buy food, etc. – all with the wave of a finger.

2. Cockroach Control

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Tim Cannon is a 36-year-old crazy man — even he says that. He refers to himself as a “grinder” – someone that hacks into the human body — and he is constantly running experiments, mainly on himself. His latest? Linking himself to a cockroach.

Sure, this can’t go wrong.

What to do with this:

“…in about six months, we’re actually going to be hooking my peripheral nervous system up to the nervous system of a cockroach and we’re going to allow me to control a cockroach,” Cannon said. “Then we’re actually going to flip the switch the other way and we’re going to let the cockroach control me.”

3. Northstar V1

This device was developed by Tim Cannon’s Grindhouse Weware and is a red LED that is embedded just under the skin, usually above the wrist. It lights up for 10 seconds once it is activated and is being used as a proof of concept.

What to do with this:

In the near future, the device may be able to record biometric data and respond to hand gestures, as well as possess bluetooth capability.

4. Bionic Arm

The pioneer of the cyborgs (sort of), Kevin Warwick, is a professor and he considers a cyborg as a human with a nervous system connected somehow to a computer. He believes the future will see humans with chips embedded in their minds that allow them to have amazing data-processing skills and will make these ‘super humans’ view ‘ordinary humans’ as lower people.

“Humans could become a subspecies,” Warwick said.

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Warwick has had a device embedded in his arm that linked to his nervous system. It sent signals to his brain and the internet. Awesome.

What to do with this:

Control an electric wheelchair and control an artificial hand. Warwick’s wife was also connected to electrodes by nerves in her arm and could send ‘pulses’ to his brain when she closed her hand.

5. Health Monitoring Toilets

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Japan already has toilets that will measure your blood pressure, body mass index (BMI) and glucose levels based on your piss. RFID chips embedded in the, um, pisser, would make these readings even more accurate and individualize the readings if more than one person used the same toilet.

What to do with this:

Never tell your girlfriend you weren’t out drinking, when you actually were.

BONUS

USB Finger Port

Okay, so Jerry Jalava wasn’t at the event, but he is a do-it-yourself cyborg nonetheless. He lost a finger in an accident and promptly embedded a USB port into his prosthetic finger. He’s not a scientist, so it doesn’t upload anything into his nervous system. Yet.

But that is exactly what he’s hoping for in the future.

What to do with this:

Tell a good story at the bar today, upload information tomorrow.

Source: Digg



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