The use of prosthetics and bionics for humans dramatically increases the quality of life for people all over the world. Prosthetics involve artificial limbs and organs. Bionics are similar to prosthetics, but these mechanical parts are created to be as good as, or even better functioning, than a person�s original limb or organ. Learn more about this fascinating field with insightful articles.
Technological advancements in finger prosthesis have made it possible for someone who does not have a finger to be able to use prosthetic finger attachments to have a fully functioning hand again.
Did you know that amputee population of the United States alone is over half million people? Did you know that the term “prosthetics” does not only refer to the replacement of limbs. It can include different types of prosthetics - from dentures and gastric bands, to artificial breasts for women.
Prosthetic treatment has been here for a long time – the first artificial member found is dated about 2700 BC. Throughout the years, the technology used has improved immensely and present times advancement in prosthetic technology include micro-processors, robotics and even artificial intelligence.
In the past, when someone lost his eye, he would have to wear a patch to cover the damaged eye. However prosthetic eyes can restore the look of having a real eye. Advancements in bionic eyes have made it possible for blind patients to have partial eyesight.
Today’s manufacturers of robotic prosthetics have made great and advanced inroads into the concept of replacement limbs. In many instances, the latter have created them to an extent when they now not only look realistic, but can actually be made to react in a natural and lifelike fashion.
When the word “Prosthetic” comes to mind, one is under the impression that this wonder of artificial limbs only came into being in recent years. However this is not the case at all. The history of prosthetics began in about three thousand BC.
Animal organs transplanted into human bodies? Sounds impossible, but in fact it’s not at all far-fetched.
What are bionics? Now science fact rather than science fiction, bionics technology changes lives.
Tissue engineering, intended to improve or to replace biological functions, is an emerging technology. Read about the advantages and disadvantages of tissue engineering.
In the last article we mentioned how Bionics work and how they are being applied to everyday situations - this article involves the extraordinary work being done with Bionics in medicine.