The Future Is Here – Augmented Humans
Apparently, the future means no longer having to live without something whether that’s a limb or sight or hearing or what’s next? Here’s a compilation of some of the most recent Augmented Humans that have benefited from some amazing leaps in science and technology. Who knows what they will think of next.
Stories in the video:
Larry Hester received a bionic eye, the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis Device. His surgeon dimmed the lights in the exam room, Larry Hester looked forward and waited nervously. The device was activated and Hester said, “Yes!” Oh my goodness. Yes!”
Leon was born without fingers on his hand, but now he has homemade one thanks to Dad and a 3D printer. Paul McCarthy wanted to find an affordable prosthetic for his son so he researched the work of Ivan Owen on YouTube who had created one earlier for a 5-year-old. After working on the project with his son, now he’s able to draw, pick up food, and hold a water bottle.
Adrianne Haslet-Davis lost part of her leg in the Boston marathon bombing in 2o13. Now she’s danced across the finish line in an “incredibly cathartic” experience. As part of a campaign called “Heroes of Summer”, she and her partner foxtrotted in a ballgown across the line after working researchers at MIT to develop the bionic limb.
Sloan Churman was born deaf and she received an implant that changed her life. The 29-year-old had the Esteem Implant by Envoy Medical surgically implanted and her husband recorded the activation. Her reaction is a tearjerker.
Amanda Boxtel had a ski accident when she was 24 that left her unable to use her legs. She’s now 46 and walking again with the assistance of a bionic exoskeleton created by Esko Bionics. It’s not perfect yet, apparently it takes real balance for Botel to use, but she’s getting used to it. Four motors serve as her muscles; six joints take the place of her ankles, knees and hips; and sensors on the robot take the place of her nerves. To walk, Boxtel shifts her weight from one side to the other, which signals to the sensors that she wants to take a step.