BIONICS

A medical discovery used to help people in need

Bionics - What Are They?

Some people think that having bionics means that you have a "superpower", but, as of now, they are wrong. That was a reference to a TV show. Bionics is currently the science of constructing artificial systems that have some of the characteristics of living systems. This can be used in arms, legs, eyes, etc. There are many different types of bionics, such as Bio-mimicry.

One man who has bionics is Bertolt Meyer. You can find out more about him later.

For now, however, we talk about the main idea behind bionics in humans. The idea is to help people who have lost body part in any way. It would cost a fortune, but it would be worth it. In my own opinion, it would be amazing to have some bionics in me! That is my own opinion though.

Bio-mimicry

Bio-mimicry is using nature to make bionic parts. We use nature for ideas on how to make things work. For example: using the ways the muscles in a real arm work, we can figure out how to make the bionic arm work, but with motors and metal or plastic. We can use the way many different things for ideas, such as an elephant's trunk, a bird's wing, and other things like that. We might just use a tree to make the bionics stronger and sturdier. Bio-mimicry is an amazing form of bionics. It is one of the most complicated versions. The reasoning behind that is the fact that you need to study the creature for a while, and then try and make a robotic version of it, which would take twice as long as just building an arm. One example of an object that uses Bio-mimicry is a machine that has arms that reach down like an elephant trunk and pick stuff up with the three thick tongs.
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Some examples of the different types of Bionics.

Bertolt Meyer - A Man With A Bionic Arm

Bertolt Meyer was born in Hamburg, Germany, and is currently living in Switzerland. He was born with only an inch or so of arm below the left elbow. He has worn a prosthetic since he was 3 months old. The first one was just to get his young mind used to having something attached to his body. When he was 5 years old, he got a hook, which he controlled with a harness across his shoulders. He didn’t wear it much, until he joined the Boy Scouts when he was 12.

This latest modification is a bionic hand, with each finger being run by its own motor. Inside of the molded forearm are two electrodes that respond to muscular signals: Sending a signal to one electrode opens the hand and to the other closes it. Activating both allows Meyer to rotate the wrist 360 degrees.

Touch Bionics, the maker of this mechanical wonder, calls it the i-limb. The name represents more than marketing. Improved software, longer-lasting batteries and smaller, more power-efficient microprocessors—the technologies driving the revolution in personal electronics—have ushered in a new era in bionics. In addition to prosthetic limbs, which are more versatile and user-friendly than ever before, researchers have developed functioning prototypes of artificial organs that can take the place of one’s spleen, pancreas or lungs. And an experimental implant that wires the brain to a computer holds the promise of giving quadriplegics control over artificial limbs. Such bionic marvels will increasingly find their way into our lives and our bodies. We have never been so replaceable.




Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/the-insane-and-exciting-future-of-the-bionic-body-918868/#THxZdFv3ZxMFdRMI.99

Some Videos For You To Watch Are Down Below

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BIBLIOGRAPHY

Brumfiel, Geof. "The Insane and Exciting Future of the Bionic Body."Smithsonian. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 May 2016.


The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica. "Bionics." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, 9 Mar. 2016. Web. 03 May 2016.


Gunther, Shea. "7 Amazing Examples of Biomimicry." MNN. Shea Gunther, 8 Feb. 2010. Web. 03 May 2016.