Covered in the lecture of “I ♥ Gadgets”, rose our obsession for ubiquitous connectivity and how we are “always connected, always on”. This triggered my though process in relation to my ideas for my digital artefact, in making gadgets for eventual prosthetics, such as USB ports or even wifi. Then significant news from Exiii creating a 3D printed bionic arm that is controlled by a smartphone! This is ground breaking evidence that in fact, our technology is literally apart of the body!
An EMG sensor on the wearer’s arm sends signals to the smartphone which processes these signals and then sends a signal back to the hand, telling it which movements to make. (http://3dprint.com/52935/exiii-handiii-prosthetic-hand/)
What is even more interesting is that this technology is open source, “so that others can take the design and iterate upon it, hopefully improving the design and functionality in the process.”