Bionics is bridging the gap between disability and ability. Technology can overcome profound physical limitations from horrific diseases to traumatic injuries. As our understanding of the human body and technology improves we can create more advanced adaptations to overcome debilitating injury and disease. Hugh Herr and his programme at MIT aims to do just that; further our ability to overcome disability with design and technology. This is bionics.
The centre of extreme bionics at MIT is a revolution. The developments are incredible, the research projects are complex and the level of detail is mind boggling. We might not be able to understand the science behind what they do but we can all relate to the outcome, enabling movement to those who otherwise can’t.
What do you think the future holds for bionics?