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.
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.
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.
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.
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.