In the movies, entrusting human life to robot helpers and sophisticated machines inevitably ends in fire, destruction and death.
But in reality, the automatons are actually saving lives. Take the devices here: the hulking robot arms that rehabilitate stroke victims, the laser beam that calms Parkinson’s tremors, and the android that can fix you toast when you’re sick. Even the scary-looking, mind-reading skullcap will one day let paralyzed people turn on the lights just by thinking about it. No fire, no destruction, no death—just eye-popping technology and better medical care.
At 245 pounds, Japan's Twendy-One is sturdy enough to lift its elderly patients clear off the ground, and force sensors in its fingertips and humanlike joints mean it can do it without crushing them
A Holodeck for the human body
Treating the tremors of Parkinson's disease with laser light
An exoskeleton helps speed recovery time after a stroke
Dyes pinpoint cancer, making it easier to remove
Mind control technology reads thoughts, prompts a robot's actions
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.