Augmented Bodies

Better. Stronger. Internet-enabled

Humans have long augmented our bodies with eyeglasses, clothing and prosthetics. Thanks to recent scientific advancements, we are now on the cusp of a second wave of body-modification. Nanotechnology may give us contact lens cameras and robots small enough to patrol our bloodstreams. Genetic modification could tweak us to be smarter, smaller and more eco-friendly, while neural interfaces might allow us to plug our brains directly into the web. Nature made us. Next Nature made us better.

The Next Hacking Frontier: Your Brain

ESSAY BY Dr Natural
July 12th 2009

WiredScience writes: Hackers who commandeer your computer are bad enough. Now scientists worry that someday, they’ll try to take over your brain.

In the past year, researchers have developed technology that makes it possible to use thoughts to operate a computer, maneuver a wheelchair or even use Twitter — all without lifting a finger. But as neural devices become more complicated — and go wireless — some scientists say the risks of “brain hacking” should be taken seriously.…

Swallowable Perfume

Lucy McRae’s speculative, digestible capsule of perfume gives perspiration a delightful scent. Your skin will excrete a unique odor depending on temperature, stress, exercise or arousal.

Conductive Bodypaint

Van Mensvoort
April 17th 2009

As our lifes are increasingly regulated by electronics and there is a drive towards the miniaturization and portability of electronics on and around the body it seems only logical to place electronic circuits on the surface of body.…

Second Sight – Augmented Contacts

Arnoud van den Heuvel
September 2nd 2009

Getting information as fast as possible and on the spot is the trend. So what could be more direct than having information fired directly into the eye?…

Excuse me, is Your Tooth Ringing?

Van Mensvoort
June 16th 2006

The 'tooth phone' consists of a tiny vibrator and a radio wave receiver implanted into a tooth during routine dental surgery.…