Humans have a long history of making artificial limbs, but commercial artificial limbs today are costly and not sufficiently advanced. Easton LaChappelle has been developing a robotic hand since he was a teenager, using simple materials and mechanisms. Using a glove with microchips and sensors, he can control the movements of an artificial hand.
LaChappelle developed his robotic hand further with more advanced functions. He uses a modeling software and 3-D printer to produce precise parts. He created a headset that senses facial expressions and signals in the motor cortex to move the hand.
Dr. Anthony Atala grows organs in his lab to supplement the shortage of organ donors. Atala discusses regeneration in nature and speculates on the possibilities for humans. He created a gallbladder using a patient's stem cells and a printer, which printed cells instead of ink.
Ian Orbich was born with tracheobronchomalacia, which obstructs his breathing; a new surgery and implant saved his life. Glenn Green developed a surgery to implant an artificial airway splint to support the trachea. Scott Hollister modeled the splint on the trachea and used a material that could adapt in the body.
Credits: Replaceable Me
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In the future, we will create human organs that are as good as their biological counterparts, and technology is making a breakthrough in replacing them.
Length: 22 minutes
Copyright date: ©2017
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