John Menasce Intelligent prosthetics and orthotics

Wonderful!!! As a wearer of a permanent leg orthotic, I can tell you that building some intelligence into any of these devices would make the wearer's life much easier and restore agility that has been lost.
Issues of chafing, skin irritation, pore infection and general discomfort in the prosthetic or orthotic limb contact areas are very real and need constant watching and extra hygiene care.

Currently there is some opposition to the existing intelligent technology because of costs and reluctance of the insurance company's to pay out medical claims. Let's hope this hurdle is resolved.

I'm not sure I agree with your final step of voluntary amputation for replacement cyber limbs as you have omitted the very real issue of phantom or idiopathic pain that inevitably accompanies severing or damage of major nerve pathways. In adults it's a very real problem believe me from first hand experience.
Idiopathic pain management is not well understood with the exception of a few medical specialists.
Refer to the book "The War on Pain" by Scott Fishman MD for further reading o the subject.

Thanks for an interesting Mindbullet.
Best Regards
Posted: 5 January 2009 at 17:35

Doug Vining The Incredible HULC

"The HULC is a completely un-tethered, hydraulic-powered anthropomorphic exoskeleton that provides users with the ability to carry 200lb loads for extended periods of time and over all terrains says Lockheed Martin. An onboard micro-computer enables the exoskeleton to move in concert with the wearer eliminating the need for a joy stick or other controllers. The HULC is capable of performing deep squats, crawls and upper-body lifting and potentially move where the wearer wants to go. Lockheed Martin says the modularity allows for major components to be swapped out in the field and its power-saving design allows the user to operate on battery power for extended missions."
Posted: 13 March 2009 at 13:00

Neil Jacobsohn More breakthroughs in medical transplants

Advances in medical science are making things possible that sound like science fiction. Read about these two new transplant breakthroughs. How long before the Mindbullet we wrote in 2009 becomes reality?
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Posted: 19 July 2011 at 16:41

Anton Musgrave 3D printed robotic hand changes a boy's life!

The amazing convergence of new technologies - 3D printing, robotics and healthcare! And it has changed a life forever...when will it change yours in unthinkable ways...and you wont have to lose you hand for this to happen!
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Posted: 10 February 2013 at 12:42

Neil Jacobsohn 3D printed robotic hand changes a boy's life!

The whole world is catching onto the 3D printing juggernaut - including President Obama.
Posted: 14 February 2013 at 09:15

Neil Jacobsohn Sport in 25 years from now

We spend plenty of time talking about the future of business. But sport is a big business too - and what does the future hold for sport? Here's a provocative and fascinating report on sport in 25 years time - from AI-controlled stadiums to genetically enhanced athletes. Perhaps our MindBullet published way back in 2009 is on the money...
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Posted: 30 January 2016 at 10:27

Neil Jacobsohn Dubai plans to become 3D biomedical global leader

In the past few weeks, we say Dubai announcing the launch of the world's first fully-functional 3D printed office building. Now Dubai;s Health authority reveals ambitious plans to become a world leader in 3D printed biomedical devices, from tissue to limbs. Amazing what visionary leadership can do.
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Posted: 18 June 2016 at 15:45
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