Human Augmentation: 3 futuristic innovations you can now afford
These technologies have already left the labs and promise to enhance your capabilities starting from $21
Prosthetic limbs, augmented hearing and sight, brain-controlled technologies: Sci-fi plots predicted them all, but we are still used to think about these innovations as temporarily far from our daily lives or, at least, from our pockets.
Actually, during the last decade, Biotechnology moved so many steps forward in the field of what we could call “Human Augmentation” that some of the most incredible innovations to technically augment our capabilities are not lab stuff anymore and have already been sold on the market for years.
In this article, I want to tell you more about three of the most intriguing innovations that may be have an impact on your daily life without compromising your finances.
#1 Bio-frequency stickers
Every cell in our body vibrates at a specific frequency, but it’s believed that on some particular occasions — like when we’re sick — this “healthy vibrations” lose their rhythm, causing our entire system to be unbalanced.
Some research shows that it’s possible to get these pulsations back on the right track by exposing faulty systems to selected types of frequencies.
This is the main scientific assumption that lies behind bio-frequency stickers, like the ones produced by Body Vibes.
“High vibrations mean vibrant health” — Body Vibes
These particular stickers claim to have lots of benefits, from improving your skin to lowering your stress levels. All you have to do is buying some of them, stick them in particular parts of your body (in the case of Body Vibes, chest, left shoulder, upper back or upper left arm) and wear them at least one months to benefit from them.
Even if there’s no medical evidence behind their functioning and reactions depend on your body, there’s already a big community of fans, which includes doctors and specialists, who credited this technology with improving their health.
You can buy them starting from $21.
# 2 Augmented hearing
Do you remember that particular magic Weasley twins from Harry Potter’s saga used to overhear what people were saying even at a certain distance? Well, it’s seems you don’t need magic to replicate this trick. And with augmented hearing tools you can do much more than this.
Blending physical and digital world’s sounds or selectively tuning sounds from one’s physical world are two of the main goals of smart earbuds like IQbuds.
Imagine being on a noisy street, trying to be focused both on your phone work conversation and on the sounds that make you aware of possible risks for your safety: what if you had some earbuds able to tune on the right sounds and to soften all other sounds coming from the outside?
Here’s exactly where hearing augmentation comes into play.
As for IQbuds, you can buy your augmented earbuds starting from $300 and use them for a variety of purposes, like amplifying speech during a restaurant conversation, hiding noises while flying or eliminating open-office workplace distractions.
# 3 Neuro Headsets
Control machines with the power of your mind and make science fiction a reality today. — EMOTIV
This is the powerful claim you’ll stumble upon when searching for EMOTIV, a company dedicated to the implementation of both hardware and software solutions which make up a Brain Computer Interface, or basically a system that is able to translate brain impulses into computer data.
This system works through the use of mobile EEG headsets, which integrates brain and head sensors that are able to detect both brain activities and head movements.
The data collected by this Brain Computer Interface from the main cortices of the brain can be used for a variety of purposes, from academic research to marketing insights.
One example of the futuristic applications of this technology is related to the possibility of controlling things with thoughts: as EMOTIV explains on its website, “EMOTIV’s Mental Commands algorithm recognizes trained thoughts that can be assigned to control virtual and real objects just by thinking.”
Brain control can thus replace traditional input devices like keyboards, enhancing interactive experiences and making them also available to disabled people.
If until some years ago this kind of devices would have cost a fortune, today the basic headset, which can be used to learn how to reduce stress and to perform mental commands, starts from $299.