A wonderful and insightful look at the advancements of Bionic technology. POPSCI rounds up 15 of the most interesting projects that were happening in 2011. Technologies like the DARPA robotic arm*, the Otto Block hand, the iWalk Biom, the real nose project and others are in the POPSCI The Bionic human circa 2011 gallery.
*DARPA ( information from www.darpa.mil )
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) was established in 1958 to prevent strategic surprise from negatively impacting U.S. national security and create strategic surprise for U.S. adversaries by maintaining the technological superiority of the U.S. military.
To fulfill its mission, the Agency relies on diverse performers to apply multi-disciplinary approaches to both advance knowledge through basic research and create innovative technologies that address current practical problems through applied research. DARPA’s scientific investigations span the gamut from laboratory efforts to the creation of full-scale technology demonstrations in the fields of biology, medicine, computer science, chemistry, physics, engineering, mathematics, material sciences, social sciences, neurosciences and more. As the DoD’s primary innovation engine, DARPA undertakes projects that are finite in duration but that create lasting revolutionary change.