• Question: Do you know how many robotic body parts there are?:)

    Asked by evilbugs to Alex, Claire, Kate, Marcus, Neil on 23 Jun 2014.
    • Photo: Alex Lyness

      Alex Lyness answered on 23 Jun 2014:


      Hey evilbugs,

      You should check out my answer for a very similar question here: https://healthj14.imanengineer.org.uk/2014/06/can-scientists-create-robotic-organs-and-witch-ones

      Hope that helps 🙂

    • Photo: Neil Dhir

      Neil Dhir answered on 23 Jun 2014:


      Put it this way: one day everything in our body we’ll be able to replicate and improve. For now though we can only make simple things like semi-autonomous prosthetics or neural-prosthetics (controlled by your thoughts).

    • Photo: Claire Brockett

      Claire Brockett answered on 24 Jun 2014:


      hi evilbugs
      I’m not really sure – new things are getting developed every day. What do you consider to be robotic body parts? There are now artificial heart pumps and things like nerve controlled prostheses – as Neil says.
      Perhaps it’s an area you can help to develop!

    • Photo: Marcus Johns

      Marcus Johns answered on 24 Jun 2014:


      I’m not sure on the actual answer to this, but as well as artificial limbs researchers are now working on artificial organs and even artificial blood that could be classified as robotic. There’s a Channel 4 programme that talks all about this:

      http://www.channel4.com/programmes/how-to-build-a-bionic-man/4od

      The following website also has 8 rather interesting robotic body parts!

      http://mentalfloss.com/article/12586/8-robotic-body-parts

      It’s important to note that only 2 of these are able to be used by people as replacements for damaged parts – the bionic eyes and exoskeleton, numbers 6 and 8 – but it’s interesting to see what researchers in robotics are developing!

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