A Lightning Strike Shut off a Woman’s Brain Implant, and It Could Have Been Even Worse

It’s the sort of story that you’d find in a Marvel movie, but with far less cool consequences. Doctors in Slovenia have reported what they say is the first instance of lightning shutting down a person’s brain implant. Read More >>

Why People With Brain Implants Are Afraid to Go Through Automatic Doors

In 2009, Gary Olhoeft walked into a Best Buy to buy some DVDs. He walked out with his whole body twitching and convulsing. Olhoeft has a brain implant, tiny bits of microelectronic circuitry that deliver electrical impulses to his motor cortex in order to control the debilitating tremors he suffers as a symptom of Parkinson’s disease. It had been working fine. So, what happened when he passed through those double wide doors into consumer electronics paradise? He thinks the theft-prevention system interfered with his implant and turned it off. Read More >>

This Penis Implant Gives You a Boner When You Heat It Up

For years, men suffering from erectile dysfunction were told to reach for the little blue pill. But if that fails, what’s left? An inventive application of elastic “memory metal” is being used to create a penile implant to help men regain control of their bodies. 2016: shitty year for everyone else, actually not a bad year for dicks. Read More >>

NHS to Install “Bionic Eye” in 10 Blind Patients

10 people are about to benefit from an incredibly futuristic and potentially life-changing treatment on the NHS -- the installation of a retinal implant that could bring back a degree of sight to the blind. The only downside is people might think it's a Google Glass. Read More >>

Brain Implant Enables Quadriplegic Man to Play Guitar Hero With His Hands

Six years ago while holiday with friends, Ian Burkhart suffered an accident that left him paralysed from the shoulders down. A new system now allows him to make complex movements with his hand and fingers, making him the first person in history to regain function using signals from his brain. Read More >>

Do We Already Have Cyborgs in Our Midst?

Michael Bareev-Rudy never expected to have his finger implanted with a magnet. But in November 2015, the 18-year-old decided to embed a tiny magnet in his index finger at an event held in Dusseldorf, Germany. A crowd gathered to watch as a man in a smart grey suit and green surgical mask carefully sliced open the sandy-haired 18-year-old’s finger. Read More >>

The Latest Trend Among Biohackers Is Implanting LED Lights Beneath Your Skin

Inspired by bioluminescent organisms, the DIY biohackers at Grindhouse Wetware have unveiled their latest creation—a magnetically activated, LED-equipped silicone implant. Read More >>

The Most Extreme Body Hacks That Actually Change Your Physical Abilities

Biohacking is one of those buzzy blanket terms used to describe a whole spectrum of ways that people modify or improve their bodies, from fairly tame experiments like drinking nasty butter coffee to more intense modifications like growing extra ears out of their arms. Read More >>

PayPal Wants Your Next Password to be a Stomach Implant

We're always hearing about new innovative tech that will eventually help kill off the password, and now PayPal getting in on theat action. It's supposedly working on identification devices that are designed to be ingested, injected, and embedded into the human body. Read More >>

Paralysed Rats Given Hope by Flexible Spinal Implant Cure

A combination of electrical and chemical stimulation on some paralysed rats has returned their ability to move, thanks in part to a flexible, embedded implant, built to sit atop the spinal cord. Read More >>

This Spinal Implant is Letting Paralysed Rats Walk Again

The ability to internally bridge the gap between two ends of severed spinal cord—not just rely on the support of an external carapace like the Ekso-Suitwould be nothing short of revolutionary for the neurosurgical field. Oh wait, looks like a team from the EPFL has just invented a way to do just that—in mice. Read More >>

Cochlear Implant Wearer Hears Music Designed for Her Hearing Helpers

A Dutch woman who received a cochlear implant recently was treated to a special concert, one designed around playing music using the few frequencies her limited hearing can now interpret. Read More >>

Amazing New Spinal Cord Implant Revive the Legs of a Paralysed Man

A pioneering new technique which uses electrical implants in the spines of paralysed patients can help them move their legs again—and could soon allow them to walk once more, too. Read More >>

How Implants and Prosthetic Limbs Get Recycled and Reused

Every year, millions of pacemakers, metal hips, and prosthetics outlast the bodies they're designed for. But these medical devices could very well go on to have a second-life—in cars, wind turbines, and even another person. Read More >>

This High Tech Surgical Implant Is Hand Woven On a Wooden Loom

You're looking at an amazing medical advancement, a protective patch that guides the way cells heal after shoulder surgery. It's made from microfibres 100 times finer than human hair, and it completely disintegrates to prevent long term complications. Believe it or not, all that medical tech is constructed the very old fashioned way: by hand, on a wooden loom. Read More >>