Nov 12

Emerging Devices Are Now Extensions of Ourselves

A few weeks ago we reported on an remarkable exoskeleton developed by Ekso Bionics that allows paraplegics to stand up and walk around.  Eventually, products such as the Ekso Bionics exoskeleton could altogether eliminate the need for wheelchairs by individuals with paralysis, as these technologies rapidly become extensions of ourselves.

While there are many challenges in designing equipment that complements or assists a person’s physical motions, the ability to mimic or extend the senses is already in use in many of the devices that we use to communicate and interact with the outside world. At the Big Science Summit, Microsoft’s Rick Rashid discusses how mobile devices have the ability to recognize touch, understand visuals and movements, and can pinpoint a person’s exact location  even better than we can on our own.

Microsoft’s Rashid: Possibilities of Emerging Devices from The Atlantic on FORA.tv

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