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Tzvi Schectman
BY Tzvi Schectman

Bionic Eyes, Robotic Arms, and Body Suits: Sci-Fi Movie or Modern Science?

Bionic Eyes, Robotic Arms, and body suits…. Nope, this is not some futuristic sci-fi movie. This is modern science and in the near future these technologies will be able to help thousands of amputees, paraplegics, and individuals with visual impairments. Take a look at what science will be providing to individuals with disabilities, watch these videos and remind yourself that the future is now.

Coming Together To Make A Robotic Hand For A Boy In South Africa

Two makers on opposite ends of the globe, Ivan Owen in Bellingham, Washington and Richard Van As in South Africa, teamed up to build a custom robotic hand. The best part? They built it for Liam, a five-year-old South African boy who was born without fingers on his right hand, by collaborating online between continents. Read the article on Techcrunch.

Man with first mind-controlled bionic leg climbs 103-story Willis Tower

31 year-old Zac Vawter made history when he became the first person to scale the 103 flights of stairs in Chicago’s Willis Tower {formerly the Sears Tower} with a mind-controlled robotic leg. The artificial limb takes advantage of targeted muscle reinnervation (TMR), a technique that connects nerves severed in an amputation to other, viable muscles. Read the article on The Verge.

Paralyzed Woman in Bionic Suit Runs Marathon

ReWalk is a bionic suit invented by Israeli entrepreneur Amit Goffer. The suit functions as an exoskeleton of sorts and allows paraplegics to stand, walk, climb stairs and even run a marathon! Read the article on Mashable!.

New Prosthetic Hand Has Sweet Skills, Terminator Looks

A father who lost his arm in an accident six years ago has been given a new lease of life by a hi-tech bionic hand which is so precise he can type again. Read the article on Wired.

Bionic Eye Allows Blind Woman To See

This isn’t a story about a new bionic eye technology that’s yet to undergo testing or a cool robotic eye that’s actually just a camera in disguise. This is a story about a bionic eye technology that might actually make it outside the laboratories and into the real world. Read the article on Mashable!.

Man Gets Bionic Eye Implant

Chris James, who had been totally blind for more than 20 years, is the first British patient to be fitted with a digital chip similar to those used in mobile phone cameras. Video originally at

Tzvi Schectman

Written on February 22, 2013 by:

Tzvi Schectman is the Family Coordinator for the Friendship Circle of Michigan and the Editor of the the Friendship Circle Blog. You can connect with Tzvi on LinkedIn and Google+

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