This is truly amazing. Anybody that knows me knows I'm a big science and technology geek, so this is right up my alley from that perspective. But one of the things I love most is the convergence of science and technology to solve human problems.
I thought this post was especially appropriate today which also happens to be D-Day. As of the end of July 2011, 1,221 American soldiers had sustained a total of 1,631 amputations, and as of late 2012, that number climbed to over 1,500 American soldiers that had lost limbs during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And those are just the numbers for US soldiers.
The advancements that are now being made in the field of bionics are truly amazing. This is Star Wars tech come to life. The sheer number of minute adjustments that our bodies make without us even thinking about them is staggering, and the fact that we can now replicate that in a bionic limb is incredible and awe-inspiring.
If you like the video above, don't about forget the robotic exoskeleton that is going to allow a paralyzed teen to kick the first ball at the upcoming World Cup in Brazil:
Congratulations to Hugh Herr and the team at MIT, and all those doing this research around the world. I can't wait to see what's coming next.
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