Cyborg Prosthetics Has Ongoing Development

As much as I like Ghost In The Shell, in truth, the very idea of merging organic musculature and nerves with machinery has been something I’ve been having problems conceiving. Fortunately for the rest of the world, Japan is not limited by my knowledge of biochemistry and mechanical engineering. A robotic finger uses it’s lab-grown muscles to lift an object – which might not seem like such a huge advancement to people expecting, but most people don’t really think about how complicated joint control, muscle movements and neural signals are – until they lose the ability to use their hands.¬† While primitive in appearance, the advancement in artificial muscular response to electrical stimuli is still a large step forward in not just partially organic prosthetics, but also potentially in purely organic repair of muscle function – at least in my view.

While full limb biohybrid mechanical prosthesises are still far off, this new development opens up the possibility of (relatively) small advancements that can be practically applied. As I’ve noted above… fingers are very complex, and you don’t miss them until you don’t have them any more.

2 thoughts on “Cyborg Prosthetics Has Ongoing Development

  1. Foxfier

    Replacement knees, with replacement muscles…. new LEGS, instead of from-the-knee prosthetics, even if they have to use fake feet for a while…..

    1. R.K. Modena Post author

      Yep! Heck, replacement wrists for people who have severe carpal tunnel problems… Seriously, this stuff is exciting!

      Oh goodness, I can’t even imagine how much work would go into developing feet!

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