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Hero Arm

A Bionic Arm That Can Grow With You

Open Bionics is a company that is developing affordable, assistive devices that enhance the human body. Last year they created Hero Arm. The world’s first clinically tested, medically certified and FDA registered 3D-printed bionic arm.

  • A powered bionic hand controlled by your muscles and formed perfectly for you.
  • Breathable, easily cleanable and dynamically fitted socket.
  • Long battery life gives you all day usage without needing to plug in and charge.
  • Has multiple, easy-to-select grips giving great user control. These can be reconfigured to your preferences.
  • Freeze mode – The hand can be held in a static position for no fuss, reliable grip e.g. Useful for holding a glass.
  • Lights, sounds and vibrations – A full suite of tools that give you feedback on the status of your bionic hand.
  • Custom covers – Show your style and have different looks for different outfits.
  • Posable wrist – Allows you to hold objects at odd angles.
  • Posable thumb – Allows you to pick up tiny objects.
  • Proportional control – Control the speed of fingers for delicate tasks.
  • Ages 8 and up – For the first time, a multi-grip myoelectric is available for kids too!



Elowan - A Plant-Robot Hybrid

Elowan: A Plant-Robot Hybrid

Elowan is a cybernetic lifeform, a plant in direct dialogue with a machine. Using its own internal electrical signals, the plant is interfaced with a robotic extension that drives it toward light.

Elowan is an attempt to demonstrate what augmentation of nature could mean. Elowan’s robotic base is a new symbiotic association with a plant. The agency of movement rests with the plant based on its own bio-electrochemical signals, the language interfaced here with the artificial world.

These in turn trigger physiological variations such as elongation growth, respiration, and moisture absorption. In this experimental setup, electrodes are inserted into the regions of interest (stems and ground, leaf and ground). The weak signals are then amplified and sent to the robot to trigger movements to respective directions.

Such symbiotic interplay with the artificial could be extended further with exogenous extensions that provide nutrition, growth frameworks, and new defense mechanisms.

Author / Credit: Harpreet Sareen
License: CC-BY 4.0

The Cybernetic Brain

The Cybernetic Brain

The Cybernetic Brain
by Andrew Pickering

A two-part discussion of the book by General Intellect Unit.

The Cybernetic Brain, Part 1: Ontological Theatre
The Cybernetic Brain, Part 2: Stafford Beer

They also have an interview with the author.

The Cybernetic Brain explores a largely forgotten group of British thinkers, including Grey Walter, Ross Ashby, Gregory Bateson, R. D. Laing, Stafford Beer, and Gordon Pask, and their singular work in a dazzling array of fields.

What underpins this fascinating history, Pickering contends, is a shared but unconventional vision of the world as ultimately unknowable, a place where genuine novelty is always emerging. And thus, Pickering avers, the history of cybernetics provides us with an imaginative model of open-ended experimentation in stark opposition to the modern urge to achieve domination over nature and each other.