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Episode 10: The Cyborg and The Singularity
Thanks to advances in technology it's now possible to mend a broken heart. No, it's not meant to be poetic. Researchers at the Tel Aviv University have created what they call a “cyborg heart patch” which combines living tissue and electronic components to replace damage parts of the heart. The patch has the ability to expand and contract like human heart tissue, yet regulates itself as a machine. The cyborg patch may reduce the need for risky procedures and high-risk medications. It also shows how current technology is being used to improve the world of health.
Episode 9: Oh Print Me A Home
The Light Rider is the world's first 3D printed motorcycle. 3D printing can do a lot things, now it can make motorcycles. Airbus used 3D printing to create the bike, but they didn't use plastic. Instead they got its odd shape by thousands of thin metal layers produced in a bed of metal powder. The entire frame is made out of Scalmalloy, which is aircraft grade aluminum. They used an algorithm to develop the Light Rider’s optimized structure to keep weight at a minimum while ensuring the motorcycle’s frame was strong enough to handle the weight loads and stresses of everyday driving scenarios. The result: a motorcycle that looks more like an organic exoskeleton than a machine.
Episode 8: Vet Tech
element14 YouTube personality Ben Heck recounts the time he was contacted by someone that lost a limb in the Iraq war. The guy likes to play video games so he asked Ben if he could build him a one handed controller. It attracted a lot of interest and it’s been something that he’s done a lot of over the years. See how Ben built a Single-Handed Xbox One Controller.
Episode 7: Feel the Music
Rabbitt, a University of Utah professor of bioengineering, used infrared light to stimulate the inner-ear cells of a toadfish and send signals to the brain. In other words, let the toadfish hear via light applied to its ear cells. The toadfish ear cells are a well-established model for comparison to human ears. Read how infrared light might enable the deaf to hear.
Episode 6: Project C.O.D.I.
Where Not Impossible created a sensing glove, Ben Heck built a hat that detects when objects are near. Watch how he makes a Seeing Eye Hat here.
Episode 5: Kissyface
People around the world are working on making the world more accessible to everyone. Check out Element14 community member Cosmin Iorga’s EEG Appliance Brain Controller, a project to allows a disabled person to control appliances using their brain waves.
Episode 4: The Arm Race
Do you have ideas for how to create better prosthetic limbs? From incremental improvements to revolutionary advancements, your ingenuity has the power to change lives. Join the Element14 and Hackster.io communities to start working on a solution!
In 2013, Mick and Not Impossible installed the first 3D-printing lab to create accessible prosthetic arms in the South Sudan. Discover: Project Daniel.
Episode 3: The Eyewriter
Learn how you can build an Eyewriter. Have ideas on how to improve on it? Connect with the biggest designer-engineer community on the planet at Element14 or create your own Eyewriter 2.0 project on Hackster.io, the world's largest open-source community.
Episode 2: Blood from the Sky
Explore how makers and engineers are innovating drone technology on Hackster.io.
Episode 1: See With Your Tongue
To explore an example of Not Impossible technology currently being developed to help those with sensory disabilities experience the world around them check out Design For A Cause: Project C.O.D.I. on Element 14.
Discover the incredible story of the BecDot, a toy built to teach braille concepts to children as young as toddlers, created by a father whose daughter is losing her hearing and vision due to Usher's Syndrome. The BecDot was the recipient of a 2018 Not Impossible Award.
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