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The cool things that we saw in our favourite sci-fi films are now not very far from reality. Healing potions, bio-metric identifications, human brain controlled computers and lot more. All these things are now slowly but steadily coming into existence as we speak. Let's check them out.
Well last year an artist named Anthony Antonellis had inserted an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) Chip in his arm, so that he can store and transfer art to his handheld smartphone. Same way the people at Autodesk are experimenting with a system that can display images through artificial skin. Whereas some scientists are working on eye implants that let an image be captured with a blink and transmitted to any local storage.
Cyber implants can be injected into a person's body and directly connect it to a smartphone app that helps in monitoring and treating the disease. Artificial pancreases are created in order to maintain blood sugar levels for diabetic patients and capsule size circuits to monitor fat levels in obese people. Other medical concerns will be soon addressed by these implant & phone initiatives.
Now no need to report your doctor every week about the effects of ongoing treatment, your cyber-pill capsule will do it for you. A British research team is working on a project called Proteus, where a cyber-pill with microprocessors in it, can text doctors directly from inside your body.
An implantable female computer-contraceptive controlled by an external remote control is part of an MIT project which is supported by Gates Foundation. The tiny chip can run upto 16 years and has a turn on & off ability.
Using technologies like NFC Chips, Artificial Skin Mesh of computer wires and micro-particles, researchers across the globe are creating implants that can unlock vehicles and work as security codes. Just point your finger towards the car to unlock or use your palms as keys to doors.
Motorola has partnered with VivaLnk to launch the Digital Tattoo, an NFC-based skin tag that unlocks your phone with a quick tap.
Remember Jonny Depp's character from the movie ‘Transcendence', well something like that is already under way at the Brown University. Here a team named ‘Brain Gate' is working on decoding the ‘neural signals' of a brain by using computers in real-time.
Question: How are you going to power all these implants in the body?
Answer: Through Meltable bio-batteries.
These batteries can generate power inside the body and transfer it wirelessly where needed and then melt. Scientists are also working on how to use body's own glucose to generate power for implantables.
Smart Dust! It sounds so good and in fact it can be the coolest of all implants if came in existence. They say it is made up of nano-devices that can organise themselves according to the various needs. It can attack an early cancer or bring pain-relief to a wound.
Gone will be the days of missing child cases and duplicate identities, if this technology is implemented or should I say ‘Implanted'! :p (Okay, that was a bad one.) But if everyone is implanted with these chips, then everyone & everything can be tracked. Now is it a good thing or a bad? Well, you be the judge.
Professor Robert Langer from Massachusetts Institute of Technology says that they can already make skin for patients with burns or skin ulcers, and others like corneas and liver are in trials. Soon we will be able to do this for all tissues.
It's amazing to see how things are evolving so fast and all that was a dream or a fantasy yesterday is becoming reality now. Hope we soon get to have hands on experience of any technological advancement that we spoke of above.