Kevin instigated a series of pioneering experiments involving the neuro-surgical implantation of a device (Utah Array/BrainGate) into the median nerves of his left arm in order to link his nervous system directly to a computer to assess the latest technology for use with the disabled.
Superman has x-ray vision, Spiderman can sense danger. And our cool super sense?
This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying:
Good news! Meet Cybernetics professor Kevin Warwick, of England's University of Reading. Not satisfied with our original five senses, he believes implants could help us sense forms of energy. Think x-rays, radio waves, or magnetic fields. Implants might even help us communicate better!
Science fiction? Nope, it’s already happening. Tiny magnets embedded in people's fingers wiggle to let them sense magnetic fields. Fun and creepy! But are extrasensory implants useful?
Warwick has had a number of devices attached to the nerves in his wrist: a kind of echolocator helped him walk around blindfolded, another let him control a prosthetic hand. An implanted chip let him turn on lights from a distance. Similar implants could help amputees or the blind.
So new senses could be therapeutic, or they could be the first step towards our cyborg future. Or both!
Hasta la vista, The Clapper! Or not.
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