Orgasm please computer.

July 08 2008 / by Virulent / In association with Future Blogger.net
Category: Relationships   Year: 2020   Rating: 12

An oldie but a goodie.

Brain-pacemakers are being used to treat patients suffering from severe depression and the potentials of the technology are being expanded on. What happens when brain stimulation is safe and not only reserved to people suffering from disorders?

“Brain pacemakers” are used to treat people who suffer from epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, clinical depression and other diseases. The pacemaker is a medical device that is implanted into the brain to send electrical signals into the tissue.

For those of you who don’t know what they are the paragraph above is the first sentence from the wikipedia article and as you can see the treatment the technology provides is quite vast and immediate.

Lets look down the winding road a little bit and consider what a world it would be like if these pacemakers become easy to implant and remove self maintaining and powering. A nanobot for stimulation?! what scientist would dare consider such a thing.

Well i found an article a while back in wired which had this to claim:

Implant Achieves Female Orgasm

One woman undergoing treatment for back pain may have discovered a cure for the thousands of woman frustrated by the inability to achieve orgasm. While Dr. Stuart Meloy was putting an electrode into the woman’s spine in an attempt to ease her chronic pain, he not only reduced her back pain, but gave her an unexpected – but delightful – side-effect. (cont.)

“She said, ‘You’re going to have to teach my husband how to do that’,” Meloy, an anesthesiologist and pain specialist in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, said. The discovery is published in Wednesday’s issue of New Scientist.

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Smart Technologies to Enable a Musical Revolution

September 08 2008 / by John Heylin / In association with Future Blogger.net
Category: Entertainment   Year: 2008   Rating: 10 Hot

You’re fifteen. You’ve managed to group together a drummer, a guitarist and a bassist (oh yeah, and Tim your little brother on the cowbell) and you intend to walk the path of the rock gods of lore. Images of tour buses, late night parties and thousands of screaming fans fill your head even before the first lyric has been written down. Already you can imagine swimming in hundred dollar bills or wrapping your Ferrari around a telephone pole, only to walk away and buy another.

When you get together with your buddies, you all brainstorm riffs you think could be big hits. You hum the tunes in your head which are recorded in note form on your portable computer. You listen to the notes played through your headphones to ensure the playback is what you imagined, tweaking a few notes here and there. Individual music pieces are cross-checked with the Library of Congress to make sure that the tune you had in your head didn’t come from another band or radio jingle.

The finished product is then melded together to form an entire song which tells each player the difficulty level of their own part (Tim on cowbell has to be cut, sorry Tim) and prints out the individual sheets for practice at home. You’re auto-assigned the task of coming up with the song title, writing the lyrics, and recording them to be combined later with the rest of the song.

When all is said and done, you have a song you think sounds amazing. You sell it for fifty cents a copy online and send it to all your friends, hoping the word will get out. Within a few weeks you’ve sold over 50,000 copies and are a small hit. People want more. A local venue wants you to open for Weezer Friday night and of course you accept. You’ve made it big.

Now all you have to do is actually learn how to play the song for real.

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US Military Fights Toxic Weapon Labs with Incendiary Fireballs

November 13 2008 / by John Heylin / In association with Future Blogger.net
Category: Security   Year: 2010   Rating: 3

The Pentagon is being very hush-hush about it, but a secret weapon we posses in the US military is a solid rocket-fuel incendiary fireball. Meant to take out chemical weapons labs or underground bunkers, these fireballs burn up anything located inside the structure without blowing it up. “These are hollow spheres, made of rubberized rocket fuel; when ignited, they propel themselves around at random at high speed, bouncing off the walls and breaking through doors, turning the entire building into an inferno.” If there’s one thing that could ruin a persons day, it’s a bunch of solid rocket-fuel fireballs bouncing around in a small area.

Due to the secretive nature of the new weapon, not much is being said, but Wired, who initially reported the story, says that it’s quite possible the fireballs (named “CrashPAD” and “Shredder”) have been put into some sort of low-rate production. One wonders if this was the secret military weapon Bob Woodward was talking about a few months ago.

Does this have a future in the US Military?

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Miniature Electric Generator to Power Your Heart and Body Sensors

November 11 2008 / by John Heylin / In association with Future Blogger.net
Category: Technology   Year: 2011   Rating: 2

If you’re worried how all that implantable technology you’ll have in your body is going to power itself, the answer may lie with Georgia Tech. “Georgia Tech researchers used zinc oxide wires that scratch against an electrode to generate a current, clearly showing potential for use within the constantly moving body.” The zinc wires rubbing had previously caused serious wear and tear in former experiments (not to mention the fact that zinc dissolves in water aka your body) so the team developed a more “robust” version of the device with added packaging film to protect the zinc wires.

Although the size in the photo is quite large, they believe it will be easy to scale the wires down to the much smaller size of three to five microns in diameter and 300 microns in length (the dot at the end of this period is about 615 microns wide). The only thing they’re waiting for is for production to begin and possibly some hefty investments I’m sure.

The development of body-powered energy devices has been on fire this last year. It seems that the future of devices are in the human body itself. Heat and movement can all be converted to energy to power all the little gadgets we get into our hands, from cellphones to body monitors. Having an implantable power generator makes the most sense in that batteries wouldn’t have to be replaced, and at least maintenance of such devices would be at a minimum.

How far are we from implantable self-powered devices? Some would say we’re almost there and I’d have to agree. The next few years may see implementation, maybe two years before we start seeing it in the consumer world.

Check out more on this device over at the Energy Roadmap

via Medgadget