Ghost In The Shell!!!
Boffins in Israel and the EU have fitted a Swedish man with a robotic hand which has a two-way hookup to the nerves in his arm: not only can he operate the hand as if it were his own, he can feel with it too. The SmartHand cyber-appendage developed by EU and Israeli boffins. Credit: AFTAU Touchy-feely technology. "I grab …
"Robo-hand worm strikes!"
"Users of the Robo-matic Tug-Master series were waking up today to the first ever cyborg worm. Those foolish enough to jailbreak their neural adaptors so that they can connect to non Robo-matic devices (such as the Ann Summers "CyberRabbit" [see reg: The Rabinator has come]) and forgot to change their default SSH password discovered that their limb was no longer under their control.
"The worm causes the rampant limb to give the on-fingered-salute every thirty seconds. Attempts by the user to remove the worm prompt a back-hack into their own brains causing them to speak like they are on the set of a Carry On Film. Ooo, matron.
J. Q. Jackbadger of MS's Cyborg 9 OS team said 'This is why it is dangerous to use opensource for such crucial systems. With everyone knowing the default passwords it is too easy for this kind of attack to happen. This would never happen with close, proprietary code'
"Of course not J. Q., users of MS Cyborg 9 would be too busy punching themselves in the head for paying the the $1,750 upgrade; assuming their limbs had't crashed."
Very cool achievement indeed, but straight metal on a robo-hand seems a bit intimidating. I'm curious if there are thin silicon covers for the limb to make it look more natural. Or maybe users would want something a little swankier, like cool-blue, or two-tone tangerine/white, or maybe cammo? Is anyone making designer skins for iLimbs?
In all seriousness, well done to the researchers. I'm sure this will lead to vast improvements in quality of life for amputees, and the technology is amazing. Beers all around!
As a diabetic from a young age, I am looking forward to seeing one of these adorning at least one hand soon....imagine how long you could type without having to go for a break? OHS requirements my metal hand! (And possibly metal ass after some more development!)
Paris, because she could probably wear out the metal hand...
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