Yes, you read that right. No, it’s not really a cyborg baby, but I can see it in the not too distant future. I’ve read about people having implants that will let them control the movement of a mouse with their brain, chips implanted so people could have things happen automatically when they enter a room (such as turning the lights on to a specific set level as opposed to how someone else wants it), being able to enhance current body functions to a better level, etc.
Well, this isn’t quite as far along as some of the above mentioned items, but I see something coming that babies will be implanted at birth with special receptors or broadcasters that let them interface more easily with computers and machines. It would give them a definite edge on things to come, and if adapted right for people who are parapalegic, this is a great idea, it could allow them to be able to move around more easily, and even possibly to use the ideas to interface an exo-skeleton enabling them to walk again.
It also brings about the idea of the military using it to ‘enhance’ the soldiers capabilities, which would lead to a WHOLE new level of security and shielding that I’m not going to go into here.
We’ll have to see where it leads. But head on over to Engadget and see what sparked this.
How could we resist a story involving robot-powered babies? The Ithaca College Tots on Bots project aims to mobilize infants with physical disabilities by setting them atop a “mobile robot” equipped with a Wii Balance Board to let the young operator steer by leaning — which, it turns out, works pretty well. Additionally, the vehicle uses sonar to avoid nasty crashes and a remote control that an adult can use to take control. Further study has to be made before any long term developmental benefits can be ascertained, but in the meantime it does look like a lot of fun. See it in action after the break.
- Ithaca College Tots program uses Wii Balance Board (coolest-gadgets.com)
- Wii Balance Board-controlled robot a hit with toddlers in Ithaca (video) (engadget.com)
- Wii Balance Board Turned into Robot Vehicle for Toddlers (techeblog.com)
- Babies + Balance Boards + Wheels = Tots on Bots (destructoid.com)
- Balancing Toddler Boards – The Wii Balance Board-Controlled Robot Helps Disabled Children Move (VIDEO) (trendhunter.com)