bionics

#001      19 min 47 sec
Introducing a new podcast: In Pursuit -- Episode 1, Thought Controlled Futures

Dr Tom Oxley
Dr Nick Opie

Up Close science host Dr Andi Horvath presents the first installment of a new podcast, In Pursuit. In this episode, Thought Controlled Futures, we talk to the people behind revolutionary technologies enabling people to control movement and manipulate objects using their thoughts alone. In particular, we take a look at the stentrode, a metal scaffold implanted in a blood vessel, that allows brain activity to be recorded and commands generated to control a full-body exoskeleton.

#261      29 min 25 sec
Spin doctors: Identifying and treating human balance disorders

Dr David Szmulewicz

Neurologist Dr David Szmulewicz describes the human balance system, and what’s going on in our brains and ears when we experience vertigo. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#249      36 min 37 sec
Tender connections: Fitting prosthetic limbs for comfort and cost

Assoc Prof Peter Lee
Jim Lavranos

Mechanical engineer Peter Lee and prosthetist Jim Lavranos describe the challenges of creating low-cost prosthetic limb technologies in developing countries, and contrast this with how things are done in wealthier economies. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#206      26 min 50 sec
Bionic eyes: Emerging technologies in the battle to restore vision

Dr Lauren Ayton

Optometrist Dr Lauren Ayton discusses the biology of vision, and how we’re trying to combat blindness through the development of bionic eyes. Lauren also discusses the research and development pathways that must be traversed before these devices become widely available. With science host Shane Huntington.

Episode 89      28 min 20 sec
Moving and seeing again: the promise of neural interface technologies

Prof John Donoghue
Prof Robert Shepherd

Prof John Donoghue and Prof Robert Shepherd discuss the development of neural interface technologies, the product of researchers across many disciplines, that could enable the brain to interact with damaged limbs and eyes. With host Shane Huntington.

Episode 64      28 min 49 sec
Medical Bionics: Cochlear Implants and Beyond

Prof Robert Shepherd
Prof Anthony Burkitt

Prof Robert Shepherd and Prof Tony Burkitt explain ear function, hearing loss, and how cochlear implants have improved the lives of many people. Also, bionic interventions in other parts of the body. With science host Dr Shane Huntington.