Most sporting equipment is designed with typical able-bodied athletes in mind, whereas custom equipment to meet a particular Paralympian’s needs can be expensive. 3D printing offers a third way.
Fibres that imitate the double helix of DNA can make artificial muscles more powerful than those found in nature.
Directors and audiences are becoming more comfortable with male frontal nudity. But what message does it send when almost all of the penises shown aren’t real?
Lessons from history make clear that the federal government can spur medical innovation in a crisis, including this pandemic. Providing certainty and clarity is critical.
A new silicone ‘skin’ contains electronics that mimic the human body’s lightning-fast response to pain, potentially paving the way for smart prosthetics that can detect painful sensations.
Appearance, functionality and culture should all be considered.
Lightweight, flexible materials can be used to make health-monitoring wearable devices, but powering the devices is a challenge. Using fuel cells instead of batteries could make the difference.
Are more technologically advanced prosthetics and orthotics actually better for improving health? Or do we just think they are better? And most importantly, how do we figure it out?
Who should be legally responsible when 3D printed devices fail? Proposed changes to the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s regulatory framework have the potential to settle that question.
Should disabled competitors be judged on the same criteria as their able-bodied rivals when it comes to dance competitions?
From cheap prosthetic arms for landmine victims in Sudan to the promise of surgery on astronauts in space — 3D printing is sparking a healthcare revolution.
The quest for technology to be the salvation of humankind neglects to consider some darker truths that lead to dystopia.
What if one of the most essential items in the hospital of the future is a 3D printer?
Armed forces around the world are exploring technological and biological enhancements to their soldiers. But this raises a number of serious ethical concerns, before, during and after conflict.
Programmable materials that can change shape could have all manner of potential uses.
Technology has had a particularly visible impact on the Paralympics. But the the most important thing is to let the athlete’s ability come to the fore.
The best prosthetics feel more like the real thing.
A tool in place of your arm or a stereo for your leg? How our attitudes towards human enhancement have changed.
After the Olympics and the Paralympics come the Cyberolympics – bionic men and women are coming to competitive sports.
At the nexus of medical science, engineering, computer science and 3D printing is the biofabricator, a new career for the 21st century.