Technology continues to make astonishing advances, especially when it comes to science and medicine. Researchers and scientists are taking new ideas, such as 3D printing, and seeing how they can be applied to previously unsolvable issues. For example, did you know scientists can now create human organs and thought-controlled artificial limbs?
This infographic by electronic components company, RS Online, explores the potential these developments hold for the future of the bionic body. For example, micro-optics embedded in the lens of a bionic eye can enhance and even improve vision, while US firm Second Sight predicts built-in facial recognition and 3D vision will one day become possible. And your sight isn’t the only sense that could benefit from this technology: it could be possible to upgrade all our senses with implants that detect more signals by as early as 2035.
Using 3D printing to create organs could be a reality even sooner – by 2030, according to the US National Intelligence Council. The process could create 3D-printed soft implants in which living tissue can grow to form organs. Bionic lungs are also a possibility, which could improve the wellbeing of many patients around the world. Five medical teams around the world are currently working on prototype versions, so watch this space.
Get more information about these fascinating developments by exploring the infographic below:
Infographic supplied by by RS Components
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