Our height, weight, body-shape, expressions... Many characteristics that form us are associated with our appearance. Body has a vital role in paving the way for humans to become a super-being. From skeleton system to muscles, to the skin wrapping our body, and to hair; our body features so significant details. We transform at every phase from cradle to grave. We grow, change, and get older. And we try to resist getting older...
Along with the progress of the technology, we have made our skeletal system intelligent and mechanical 1, modeled our muscles 2. With three-dimensional printers we are able to produce artificial limbs that are smarter than the real ones 3. Thanks to the developments in the field of bioengineering it is possible to 4 build up the digital network of the body and to collect its data, to provide their maintenance and repair through science fiction-like methods 5.
To wear a skeleton... It sounds weird, isn’t it? Systems called exoskeleton are used not only to regain the abilities to those who have lost mobility, but also to protect or improve the physical performance. The Canadian robotics company Bionic Laboratories took this concept one step further and produced an external skeleton prototype that could be controlled by Amazon’s intelligent assistant, Alexa.
The discovery of artificial synthetic muscles will bring many innovations along. These muscles, which were developed with a special method, are much stronger than normal ones and can carry up to a thousandth of their weight. Artificial synthetic muscles can simulate natural biological systems, move like real muscle tissues, stretch without the need for an external device or high tension. Artificial muscles will be used in robots as well as humans.
The era of prosthetics gradually ends. Producing mechanisms that involve the nervous and muscular system will be possible in the near future. Today, the "Enabling the future" initiative gives hope to thousands of people, who have lost their hands, through three-dimensional printing technology. These ergonomic designs, coming to the forefront by functionality, are customizable.PROJECT DETAIL
We have a new networking terminology in addition to WAN and LAN. It is called BAN (Body Area Network). With the widespread of wearable technologies, we are getting prepared to meet with the concept of the Internet of the organs. This network, that is following us momentarily and closer to us than we are, will bring new skills along. The first benefits that come to mind are; offering medication in the sign of sickness via communicating to the doctor, adjusting the house temperature according to the body temperature, and transferring regularly the health data to the personal health cloud.
Digestible origami robots are about to lift the obligation of surgery to remove foreign matters entering the body. The era of stitching or stapling the incisions and cuts on the body and internal organs is coming to an end. The "metro gel" injected into the wound is providing treatment via activated by the beam.