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A Dog With Cancer Got a New, 3D-Printed Titanium Skull A Dog With Cancer Got a New, 3D-Printed Titanium Skull

A nine-year-old dachshund suffering from an unusually large brain tumor just got a new lease on life thanks to the powers of 3D-printing technology.

Medieval Italian Man Replaced His Amputated Hand With a Knife Medieval Italian Man Replaced His Amputated Hand With a Knife

Italian anthropologists have documented a remarkable case in which a Medieval-era Italian male not only managed to survive the amputation of his right hand, he also used a bladed weapon as a prosthetic limb.

Scientists Create a Way for People With Amputations to Feel Their Prosthetic Hands Scientists Create a Way for People With Amputations to Feel Their Prosthetic Hands

Prosthetic hands have gotten increasingly sophisticated. Many can recreate the complex shape and detail of joints and fingers, while powered prostheses allow for independent, willful movement. But a new study published Wednesday in Science Translational Medicine offers a potential glimpse into the future of the…

These Hackers Built a Prosthetic Nerf Blaster That Can Be Fired by Flexing Arm Muscles

After realizing they had an unfair advantage during Nerf battles over a competitor who was missing a hand, the tinkerers at Hackerloop decided to level the battlefield by building Nicholas Huchet a custom Nerf blaster prosthetic that can be automatically fired whenever he contracts his forearm muscles.

This 3,000-Year-Old Prosthetic Wooden Toe is More Incredible Than We Thought This 3,000-Year-Old Prosthetic Wooden Toe is More Incredible Than We Thought

An ongoing reexamination of an ancient Egyptian wooden toe is shedding new light on how the remarkable wooden prosthetic was manufactured, and whether it was used for cosmetic or functional purposes.

Air-Powered Robotic Sleeve Wraps Around Your Heart to Keep It Pumping Air-Powered Robotic Sleeve Wraps Around Your Heart to Keep It Pumping

Researchers from Harvard University and Boston Children’s Hospital have developed an innovative robotic sleeve that fits around the heart like a glove, maintaining a steady beat while the patient recovers.

Brain Implant Allows Paralyzed Man to Feel Objects With a Prosthetic Limb Brain Implant Allows Paralyzed Man to Feel Objects With a Prosthetic Limb

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC have developed a system that’s enabling a man with quadriplegia to experience the sensation of touch through a robotic arm that he controls with his brain.

How a Hillbilly Delivery Man Is Trailblazing Our Cyborg Future How a Hillbilly Delivery Man Is Trailblazing Our Cyborg Future

After losing his left arm to cancer in 2008, Jonny Matheny’s life changed radically. The self-styled West Virginia hillbilly, formerly a retail bread sales and delivery man, started traveling to medical research facilities around the country to volunteer as a test-subject for advanced prosthetics and experimental…

Cancer Survivor Receives Jaw Thanks to New 3D Printing Technique Cancer Survivor Receives Jaw Thanks to New 3D Printing Technique

Shirley Anderson of Indiana was in great need of a prosthesis.

DARPA's Mind-Controlled Arm Will Make You Wish You Were a Cyborg DARPA's Mind-Controlled Arm Will Make You Wish You Were a Cyborg

When I asked Johnny Matheny if I could shake his hand, I was admittedly a little nervous. The soft-spoken Floridian lost his lower left arm to cancer eight years back. His new arm—an advanced, mind-controlled prosthetic developed by DARPA—can crush a human human skull like a child squeezing a clementine.

Inside Afghanistan's Prosthetics Center  Inside Afghanistan's Prosthetics Center 

Last week, bioengineering’s most advanced prosthetics were shown off at the world’s largest orthopedics event in Germany. But in Afghanistan, things are a little different.

Take an Uncanny Tour of the World's Largest Prosthetics Fair Take an Uncanny Tour of the World's Largest Prosthetics Fair

The world’s largest orthopedics event is happening right now in Leipzig, Germany. From prosthetic legs that enable people to run faster to exoskeletons that can make the disabled walk again, OT World 2016 is showcasing some of the most futuristic inventions you’ve ever seen. They’re also creepy as hell.

This Bionic Fingertip Lets Amputees Feel Rough and Smooth This Bionic Fingertip Lets Amputees Feel Rough and Smooth

Most of us take the the subtle difference between rough and smooth beneath our fingertips for granted. But a new device could allow amputees to rediscover the same sensation.

Brain Implant Will Let Amputees Move Individual Fingers on Prosthetics With Thoughts Alone Brain Implant Will Let Amputees Move Individual Fingers on Prosthetics With Thoughts Alone

For the first time ever, researchers have successfully demonstrated a system that enables a person to move the individual fingers of a prosthetic hand using just their thoughts.

Scientists Have Created an Exoskeleton that Kicks Its Wearer in the Knee Scientists Have Created an Exoskeleton that Kicks Its Wearer in the Knee

There are all kinds of exoskeletons out there. Some save you energy. Some help you do heavy work. Some lightly kick you in the knee. The question is, why does that last one exist? A Swiss research team thinks it can help them build better prosthetics.

Derby, the Adorable Cybernetic Dog, Just Got Upgraded 3D-Printed Legs

Last year we told you about Derby, a dog born with underdeveloped legs and paws. Tech firm 3D Systems designed a pair of prosthetic limbs for the Husky mix, but they were too short, and they also prevented Derby from being able to sit normally. A new upgrade now overcomes both of these limitations.

We're One Step Closer To Creating Artificial Skin With a Sense of Touch We're One Step Closer To Creating Artificial Skin With a Sense of Touch

Cutting-edge prosthesis are amazing, but they lack one very important feature: a sense of touch. Now a research team from Stanford University has developed artificial skin that can sense force exerted by objects—and then transmit those sensory signals to brain cells.

Iron Man, Frozen, and Star Wars Prosthetics Will Boost Kids' Confidence Iron Man, Frozen, and Star Wars Prosthetics Will Boost Kids' Confidence

A prosthetic hand is about more than just improving the wearer’s physical capabilities. It’s also about improving their self-confidence. So Open Bionics, makers of low-cost but highly capable prosthetic robotic hands, have teamed up with Disney to realize some very cool designs.

Paralyzed Man Successfully Given Prosthetic Hand That Can 'Feel' Paralyzed Man Successfully Given Prosthetic Hand That Can 'Feel'

A 28 year old man who has been paralysed has been given a new sense of touch following a new breakthrough that saw electrodes places directly into the man’s brain.

Cheaper, Faster, Better: The Plan to Build an Open Source Prosthetic Hand 

Over the past five years, 3D printers have gotten cheaper, hardware has gotten smaller, and tinkerer communities have boomed. All of that has spurred a renaissance of prosthetic design, bolstered by an open source ethos and crowdfunded budgets.

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