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. By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.


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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 19th, 2011 @ 5:36pm

    "This open source prototype only costs about $65 to construct (not including your labor)."

    Nice ... yet another advancement demonstrating that innovation happens without patents.

     

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      Michael Ho (profile), Sep 19th, 2011 @ 5:49pm

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      it'll be cool if these sonar gloves actually become widely used -- by both blind and sighted people.

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Sep 19th, 2011 @ 7:26pm

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        I wasn't sure about it till i read all the way through. Be cool to build into shoes. Could use the downward pressure to charge the battery.

         

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    Pixelation, Sep 19th, 2011 @ 8:11pm

    "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."

    Anyone else think this would be great tech for pimps?

     

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    I-Blz, Sep 19th, 2011 @ 8:29pm

    What.

    No Deus Ex references yet? For shame, guys, for shame.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 20th, 2011 @ 6:44am

    "What's best is a belt around the torso with eight tactors signifying the eight cardinal directions," says Linda Elliott, a psychologist"

    Brilliant, she got her money's worth out of her education. Besides the four cardinal directions, I assume she refers to the 4 intercardinal or ordinal directions.

     

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    The Logician (profile), Sep 20th, 2011 @ 6:45am

    I have to wonder, then, how long it will be before simple augmentation gives way to the pursuit of perfection of the species? Where augmented and enhanced humans are considered superior to unaltered ones? That is the sort of thinking and process by which Khan Singh came to be. I should hope no one like him arises, but humans have the unerring tendency to ignore the lessons brought before them.

     

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    Ben, Sep 20th, 2011 @ 9:25am

    Max Barry wrote a book about this, just came out "Machine Man". Its about a guy who gets a little... excessive, when it comes to body part upgrades. Lets just say as cool as being able to jump off a skyscraper and keep on going when running away from security would be, it takes some major "upgrading".

     

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