DailyDirt: Artificial And Augmented Senses
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A few years ago, Oscar Pistorius was denied participation in the Olympics because his prosthetic carbon-fiber legs were deemed an unfair advantage. As technology improves, it's possible to design artificial body parts that could be superior to the natural ones. So it may only be a matter of time before everyone is wearing gear that improves their natural abilities. Here are just a few examples of projects that could develop better senses.
- A handheld sonar device could help the blind navigate better than a simple cane. This open source prototype only costs about $65 to construct (not including your labor). [url]
- Soldiers could find their way around unfamiliar territory with GPS directions transmitted through a haptic belt. Users don't need to look at a GPS screen or hold anything else in their hands. [url]
- If you've been to a few too many loud concerts, more advanced hearing aids could be useful for you someday. As signal processing hardware gets smaller and cheaper, hearing aids are bound to improve a bit -- but the ear-brain interface is a tricky loop to insert technology into. [url]
- To discover more interesting tech-related content, check out what's currently floating around the StumbleUpon universe. [url]