I know you are all very keen to get more specifics on exactly how the Bionic is going to be made into a reality.
Over the next week or two, I will be able to show you the first 3D models of the Bionic, but in the meantime, here’s some teaser links to get you excited about the possibilities of the existing technologies we are looking to incorporate.
How will it sense?
Touch sensor technology is improving in leaps and bounds every year. Check out this videos to see some of the latest in touch sensor technology:
This article on 3D printed bionic skin is also worth a read, as is this article on stretchable touch sensors.
The idea is that through discreet movement and muscle motion, you will be able to tell the Bionic to become erect or flaccid. This would be possible through a remote controller that is no larger than a tampon, and just as easy to insert. Just giving this controller a squeeze with your pelvic floor muscles would actuate an erection. We are also looking into incorporating touch sensors along the shaft of the Bionic so that it can sense when it is being stimulated.
How will it change states?
There’s some pretty exciting technology coming out of soft robotics that will be highly relevant to his project. Check out this cute little video to get a little taste of how this technology can work:
And as this video illustrates, this technology might well be utilised to create a super human penis of the future, though I’ll very happily leave this to someone else.
We will be exploring pneumatic, hydraulic and electric options, using soft actuators to find the best viable solution. The basic principles of this problem are illustrated pretty well in this video.
Most likely the solution will end up actually being a very simple one where an expandable foam is compressed into the shaft and air is sealed off using a valve which can be opened through actuating the remote controller. This will suck air in to the shaft creating an erection. Think of camping matts that suck in air to self inflate when the valve is unscrewed, but much like the camping matts, the foam will still need some additional help to fully inflate. Alternatively the foam could expand and solidify when a small electric current is applied to it. Solutions like this would also serve to keep the prosthetic as light weight as possible as opposed to utilising liquid/hydraulic systems. There’s certainly plenty of potential solutions and it will just be a case of choosing the most appropriate one.
Then when you have 15 minutes or so, this video on the direction of current prosthetics technology is also well worth a look and explains the idea of using electric currents to change states.
How will it attach?
This really depends on the preference of the individual. As we want this to be as realistic an experience as possible, we will be utilising the existing Cochlear Vistafix system, which has already been successfully applied in this context. However, this does still require (albeit fairly minor) surgery to implement and may not be everyone’s cup of tea, so customised underwear and adhesives will also be alternatives.
But all of this is just a little taste to give you an idea of some of the technologies we will be harnessing, pun intended. Yes, this IS a very ambitious project and as of today, we have just hit the 10% donation mark of our initial goal, having cracked $5000 this morning. This is already enough to have been able to get the ball rolling which is super exciting, but the smooth continuation of this project is absolutely contingent on you. So please, if any of this has gotten you excited about what will be possible and you haven’t done so already,
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