The human body will be the next computer interface

Humans have been interfacing with machines for thousands of years.

You have probably heard a lot about wearables, living services, the Internet of Things, and smart materials by now. Designers are beginning to think about even weirder and wilder things, envisioning a future where evolved technology is embedded inside our digestive tracts, sense organs, blood vessels, and even our cells.

 

 

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Daito Manabe Turns His Assistant Into a Human Drumkit

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The human body is a conductor of electricity—a fact exploited by touch screens and, now, a novel way of generating music.

Daito Manabe has a history of conducting quirky, painful experiments in which he administers shocks to the human body — usually his own — powerful enough to cause involuntary muscle contractions. He uses electricity, music, computers and video to expand on what were literally the earliest scientific experiments ever to be recorded photographically — the electrical shocks to the face of Parisians administered in the 19th century by Guillaume Duchenne. (video)

 

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Smart Shoe – Wireless Sensor Embedded in the Training Shoe to Measure Power and Energy

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Featured invention at the DaVinci Inventor Showcase

Alluvial Joules Smart Shoe is a wireless dynamic sensor system embedded in the training shoe for force, power and energy measurement during exercise or training.

 

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Fuel Cell for Pacemaker Is Powered Directly From The Human Body

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Generally, pacemaker batteries last for several years. But a new technology developed by researchers at Joseph Fourier University in France may make that long-lasting battery obsolete. This device may be able to generate electrical energy by absorbing glucose inside the human body. It’s sort of like hosting an alien parasite, except without the irritating chest-bursting side effects. In Fast Company, Kit Eaton writes:

The trick the scientists worked out was to build the cell’s electrodes out of compressed graphite, which has been treated with enzymes that oxidize incoming glucose molecules, with a resulting release of electrical energy…

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NASA Offers to Pay You $5,000 a Month to Lie in Bed

NASA Offers to Pay You $5,000 a Month to Lie in Bed

This is either the sweetest way to make $5,000 a month or the
worst punishment you could possibly inflict on your body

Need a break from the working, walking, and standing required by the demanding and stressful life you lead?

Well, pack your bags for Houston because NASA wants to pay you $17,000 to stay in bed for 90 straight days.

The bed-rest experiment, to take place in the Human Test Subject Facility of Johnson Space Center, is designed to allow scientists to study some of the effects of microgravity on the human body. Continue reading… “NASA Offers to Pay You $5,000 a Month to Lie in Bed”

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