Artificial Muscles Restore Ability to Blink, Save Eyesight

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    Artificial muscles restore ability to blink, save eyesight

    Combined with artificial materials that mimic bone and tendons and advancement in interfacing electronics with the nervous system, it might not be long before artificial limbs are nearly indiscernible from the tissues they replaced.
     
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    A wonderful development with absolutely mind boggling implications.
     
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    Evidently.
     
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    Excellent news for those people that require a solution for eye injuries or strokes causing this to occur. Imagine how the artificial muscles and advancements in microelectronics, now down to molecular electronics, in creating devices to control those muscles along with other human-like functions. Androids may not be far away after all, in a few decades.
    Transistors are now created at the molecular level using 6 atoms for a basic device. That will ring in another new age in the shrinking of integrated circuits that can place one or many super computers on the head of a pin.

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    I was wondering when this advancement was going to come about. As electroactive polymer artificial muscle can be used in humans I have always thought that the gradual advancement in piezoelectric technology could give us something akin to an android. At least moving past the use of the staid pistons and servos and potentiometers that make up most machinery. The use of these components in prosthetics always seemed clumsy to me.
     
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    Going to be a race to see whether this technology comes on line before biologic nanotech.

    Most likely a hybrid technology.

    Biotech enineering combined with nanotech plastics may well be the route to an indefinate lifespan.
     
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    Thought-operated prosthetics...
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    Major US science conference showcases bionic prosthetics operated by thought
    Sat, Feb 19, 2011 - A bionic prosthetic arm that is controlled by its operator’s thoughts and feels like the amputee’s lost limb went on display on Thursday at a major US science conference.
     
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    Artificial skin for artificial limbs...

    Researchers Make Synthetic Skin That Adds Touch to Artificial Limbs
    October 16, 2015 - People who use artificial limbs are now able to move with their prosthetics with thoughts, but they still have the very literal problem of not knowing their own strength.
     

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