Saturday, September 01, 2012

RED TORNADO OR AMAZO? Harvard Scientists Create Actual Cyborg Skin

Tomorrow Woman, The Vision, Red Tornado, Amazo and yes the whole Terminator franchise is based on the concept of a cyborg or simillar robotic organisim that has a fleshy exterior, that actually allows he or she to walk amoungst us humans, and at the most critical moments, shed the odd tear. Given that half these folks try to obliterate mankind, guess what the team at Harvard University have just finished creating?

That's right, cyborg tissue consisting of lab grown flesh, embedded with nano-wires that has the same "sensing" properties as human skin.

Under the guise of being used for skin implants to those who need it for medical purposes, like covering prosthetics for amputees etc (when we all know it will eventually destroy us with or without a barrage of Arnie one-liners), the challenge of the development was to ensure it reacted to chemicals and elements (such as oxygen), just like the real McCoy.

Here's a microscopic view so you can see how well they did;

While I start assembling my own Red Tornado from kitchen utensils and the odd non-recyclable product to combat the coming onslaught, you can find out more on Harvard University's creation after the jump!

 What do you think?  


  1. That is very interesting from a nurse point of view. Tit would make for amazing prostesis.
    And the other stuff too :)

  2. Thanks for the perspective! I can imagine ot would to - as an ex counsellor I can imagine it would help allot of accident victims to cope with the visual effects of their trauma as well.

    So we're ticking the positive news box. But I promise, if that skin even mumbles the phrase 'Sarah Conner' I am heading for the hills! ;)

  3. "I'm a friend of Sarah Connor can I see her please? . . . . . . . . . I'll be back."

  4. Watch out Dave - your mailman could be saying that for real thanks to this invention in the next few years. You have been warned ;)

  5. I am so glad I'm not the only paranoid whacko that keeps the gun safe next to the front door just because of that scene. Now I need to go upgrade the arsenal.

  6. Nope your are not the only one Random. You know I've even got some New Zealand ponamu/greenstone I'm hoping I could pass off for kryptonite, you know should that ever eventuate and go rouge as well.

  7. Dan, I told my brother in law about this. He said it's very Batman of you. I'm pretty sure he meant it as a compliment.

  8. I wish the think that had people relating me to Batman was the size of my bank balance Random, but sadly that's not going to happen, so I'll take the compliment any other way I can get ;)