Mar 192016
Bionic & Biological: The Ferocious Conundrum of Being 50/50 (FOUR-YEAR FAR FAR FLASHBACKY)

There are million different angles to discuss here, but by far the most interesting idea is a gradual, mutual, acquisitional merger – the pending-yet-not-far-off arrival of homeostasis between biological and mechanical life.

Oct 282013
Japanese Exoskeleton Update: Does Team Skeletonics have new gear? (VIDEO)

We’ve been in love with Team Skeletonics’ human-powered exoskeleton for years, and all throughout, it’s pretty much been the same mechanical and aesthetic configuration. But it now looks like they’ve been refining in the background, and might be bringing something new out to play.

May 092013
Honda's Got Robots, Sekisui's Got Houses, and the Japanese Government has Cash

When a giant Japanese company that makes robots starts collaborating with a giant Japanese company that makes houses at the same time the Japanese government begins funding public robotics, awesomeness seems likely to follow.

Nov 092012
Robot Hand is Pouring Beer, Argument is Valid.

Prosthetic maker RSLSteeper has been around for over 90 years, but marketing seems to be a relatively recent endeavor. Their Bebionic3 super awesome robotic hand is all over the tubes right now, but nobody knows from whence it came!

Jul 312012
TRANSHUMANISM TEST PILOTS: 576 Pixels is 576 Times Better than Blind (GALLERY)

A new device gives the blind 576 pixels of vision, and that’s awesome. But this and other developments herald the infancy of something much more profound: Having your healthy, functional eyes removed and replaced with something far better. HOT DAMN!

Jun 042012
TRANSHUMANISM TEST PILOTS: Your Spinal Cord Might Have its Own Agenda

Obviously this makes zombies seem a lot more doable and calls into question the effectiveness of the “You just gotta destroy the brain” contingency, but of equal importance is the possibility of novel treatments for those with traumatic spinal injuries.

Mar 132012
BBC’s Bionic Bodies Series Continues (UPDATED)

The BBC is assembling a very respectable compendium on the past, current, and possible future states of bionics, or cybernetics, or human augmentation, or just, you know, the modular nature of future human bodies.