Hearing Trick Convinces People Their Arms are Made of Stone

If your arm falls asleep for a while, it can sort of feel like it's made of rubber. But how do you make your arm feel like it's made of marble? According to Italian researchers, all you need is the sound of a hammer tapping stone. And some psychological trickery. Read More >>

How Implants and Prosthetic Limbs Get Recycled and Reused

Every year, millions of pacemakers, metal hips, and prosthetics outlast the bodies they're designed for. But these medical devices could very well go on to have a second-life—in cars, wind turbines, and even another person. Read More >>

This Bionic Drummer Arm is Like Def Leppard 2.0

Like Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen who lost his arm in an accident but kept on performing, aspiring drummer Jason Barnes didn't let losing his right arm two years ago deter him from realising his dream. He built a crude prosthetic using springs that allowed him to keep on drumming, but after enrolling at the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media, he met an engineering professor who realised he could build Barnes something better. Read More >>

This Incredible Star Wars-Style Bionic Hand Let an Amputee Feel Again

We geeks all have the same platonic prosthesis ideal: Luke Skywalker's badass Star Wars mech-hand. We're getting there, bit by bit. Dennis Aabo Sørensen's new hand is almost there; it let him feel again. Read More >>

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Teenager 3D Prints Prosthetic Hand for Adorable Nine Year Old in Need

An enterprising 16 year old in Kansas recently 3D printed at prosthetic hand for his nine year old family friend, giving the young tyke the use of fingers for the first time in his life. And he did it all at the local county library. Read More >>

These Spherical Robot "Hands" Let You Build Things With Balls

Who says you need opposable thumbs to assemble objects or operate complex machinery? Empire Robotics has been working on the plush sphere of the future with their so-called "jamming-based robot grippers," otherwise known as the Versaball system. Read More >>

Who Says Prosthetic Hands Have to Look Like Human Hands?

Conventional wisdom says that if you're trying to replicate a part of the human body with robotics, it should look and function like the real thing. But the creators of this prosthesis have taken a different approach, simplifying the human hand to just three digits. Read More >>

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Dad Makes a 3D-Printed Prosthetic Hand for His Son for £6

Twelve-year old Leon McCarthy of Marblehead, Massachusetts was born without fingers on his left hand, but now proudly proclaims himself a cyborg, after his father Paul created an inexpensive prosthetic using a 3D printer. And all for just $10, roughly £6. Read More >>

This Fleet-Footed New Robot Walks Exactly Like You Do

One of the biggest challenges that engineers have faced in their quest to build a humanoid robot is one of the simplest tasks for humans: walking. More specifically, they've had a hard time engineering a robot to take strides and roll each foot heel-to-toe, like we do. Until now, that is. Read More >>

I Wore a Bionic Leg, and I Never Wanted to Take It Off Again

Welcome to Fitmodo, Gizmodo's gym for your brain and backbone. Don't suffer through life as a sniveling, sickly weakling — brace up, man, get the blood pumping! Check back frequently for the latest in fitness science, workout gear, exercise techniques, and enough vim and vigor to whip you into shape. Read More >>

Lego Prosthetic Leg Is Yet Another Proof of Lego Fans Awesomeness

Watch Christina Stephens—a practicing occupational therapist and clinical researcher who lost her foot after a crush injury—build herself a working prosthetic leg out of Lego. Read More >>

DARPA's Crazy Mind-Controlled Prosthetics Have Gotten Even Better

We've known for a few years now that DARPA-funded prosthetics research is yielding some pretty incredible technology. We're not talking incredible in the robotic cheetah sense. We're talking incredible in The Incredibles sense of the term. Specifically, DARPA is literally building superheroic technology that enables amputees to control prosthetic limbs with their minds, and it's getting pretty darn good. Read More >>

The World's Newest Artificial Heart Is Half Cow, Half Machine

Using cow parts to save ailing human hearts isn't anything new—you could even be sitting next to one of our more bovine brethren right now and think nothing of it. But the newest cow-to-heart integration takes a bit of a deeper dive into science fiction land. Soon, a French medical company will begin testing a "bioprosthetic" heart on actual human patients that is part cow, part synthetic, and loaded with software. Read More >>

New Artificial Electric Skin Will Let Robots Feel for Real

There are plenty of robot arms out there, but what about robot skin to cover them in? A new kind of piezotronic transistor mesh could make for robotic skin as sensitive as your own is, covered in thousands of tiny mechanical hairs. Read More >>

Meet the Man With iPhone-Controlled Bionic Arms

Back in 2008, Jason Koger had the misfortune of running over a downed power line on his four-wheeler, being shocked with 7,200 volts of electricity, and ultimately having both his hands amputated. Now, he's had the good luck to get a pair of new ones that can be controlled by an iPhone app. Read More >>

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How 3D Printing Gave This Man His Life (and Face) Back

While doctors have experimented with 3D-printed prosthetics in the past, none has been quite as prominent or incredibly detailed as Eric Moger's newest addition: a prosthetic, 3D-printed face. Read More >>


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