Top Ten Best Implants
What Is At The Forefront of Research Today…
Wearable tech increases in popularity. It is fast becoming the new craze. Well, maybe not exactly. At the very least, the hype for portable and/or wearable tech sees a rise in hyped and this is occurring as never before. Several modern technologies opened the doorway to that… internet, GPS, augmented reality… Yet, as revolutionary as wearable tech may be, we’re actually just at the starting line.
Indeed, science and technology pave the way for us to go even further. So, it is definitely not too soon to ask ourselves the questions relating to wearing tech versus adapting ourselves to tech… If one can have tech on us all the time, will that be worth our while? We can certainly ask ourselves this at this time.
Implants may sound weird today, even scary for some people. The reality though is that companies are working on them today. They will alter us but these alterations could be quite positive. They will make it possible for us to “redesign” ourselves, if we desire it. So, in doing a little bit of research, here are the top 10 tech implants that will most likely make a big buzz in the next few years.
Coming up at the top of the list is digital identification and verification implant technologies. You may have seen some of these already in the form of skin-embedded RFID chips. But they will be further developed to include more advanced tech. An NFC implant for example, could provide instant and accurate verified access to your own devices. The rise of these chips will eliminate the need for manual input, facial recognition, or fingerprints.
Knowing what’s wrong within the body depends entirely on tracing the very source of the problem. This may sounds pretty simple… But ask any doctor or physician and they will probably have lots of stories about the difficulties in identifying illnesses. They probably will tell you about how hard diagnosing patients can actually be. With nanosensor implants capable of monitoring the body 24/7, the expectation for more accurate physical analysis becomes real and can be met. Even better, these observational data can simply be uploaded online. Access to this information for medical experts to see and check patients could prove immensely useful.
While on the topic of auto-diagnostic implants, we can expand the discussion to consider that slightly older, but similarly designed auto-medicating implants will provide for easier treatments. A wirelessly controlled chip embedded on the skin, for instance, could be connected to a micro drug dispenser located inside the body. The dispenser, controlled remotely will deliver medications in specified doses directly to the bloodstream. If programmed to automate the process, the microchip system can give you ample notification whenever it injects your medication in a timely basis.
Sensory implants (provision)
Developing implants that give new eyes to the blind and new ears to the deaf represents a currently continuing research endeavor. To that end, we’ve already seen many small applications and numerous incremental improvements through the years. The results of early research began with generic sound waves, or anonymous shadows and shapes, but replicating hearing and sight in full HD may not be too far off. Bionic eyes and ears may change the way we perceive things, and some of us in need of the improvement might even it in use later in life.
Sensory implants (enhancement)
So now we can go beyond this. If we can use sensory implants to restore senses for a person who lost a natural ability or never possessed a certain capability, it follows that the same concept to enhance already available senses logically applies. Ocular implant-based augmented reality interfaces may come to mind, but we can remain a bit more down to earth. How about adapting to internal earphones? These will be microscopic devices based on what we currently foresee. Integrated to one’s ear their performance will adapt to perfectly interface with let’s say, your smartphone or tablet, and provide automatic earphone audio access.
Brain Data Analysis
EEGs and other electrical brain interface devices have been around for quite a while. They help us analyze brain activity, but they aren’t exactly implants, and it is quite uncomfortable to be strapped with all those instruments for a long time. Thankfully, technology has continually miniaturized a lot of our gadgets. Hopefully, the development of such brain analysis devices on a micro level will also follow. When they do, we are likely to experience the monitoring of brainwave activity. These might even be powered by those very same electrical signals at the same time.
Brain Computer Interfacing
Interfacing with computers using our brains demands an undeniable amount of complexity. Just measuring brainwaves remains a challenge. Still, this never stopped us from trying. We began the process with monkeys controlling simple video games with the help of brain implants. We now progressed towards internet-interfacing, robot-arm-controlling iterations. In the presumably far future, we can definitely expect something more akin to brain interfaces that remotely access our workstations, or check things online for any information one might need.
In the strictest of definition, these are not actually considered ‘implant.’ Still in view of their function, which is more or less the same as an “implant” it makes sense to note them. Smart tattoos can be used as temporary interfacing for devices, if you need something as easy to use as a card, and still not be as invasive as an embedded microchip. Applications for such a technology are far and wide, although dynamic communication systems remain at its basic design architecture.
These implants designed for birth-control made this list because of their existence likelihood. How you might ask? Designed in the same vein as auto-medication implants, they will not treat any form of ailment, disease, or illness. But this chip will dispense a specified amount of hormones to the body at regular intervals, to control ovulation, subsequently preventing fertilization and pregnancy. The best part? The tech is backed up by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The culmination of both advanced brain data analysis and brain interfacing, brain enhancement takes on a new meaning and we may actually see it in the near future, at least in its infant stages. We certainly won’t see the likes of direct memory transfer or whole brain uploading in our lifetimes. However, certain specific enhancements like brain stimulation may help people with cerebral disabilities, or people with physically deteriorating mental problems, such as Alzheimers.
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