a.k.a. bionics, biologically inspired engineering

It's when you have artificial body parts, specifically electromechanical ones, it can also refer to having ordinary human powers increased by the aid of bionic devices (real or fictional). Bionics refers to the application of biological methods and systems found in nature to the study and design of engineering systems and modern technology.

Historical perspective: In 2015, three Austrian men involved in traumatic accidents became the first patients to undergo "bionic reconstruction," receiving mind-controlled robotic hands. According to The Week, the high-tech appendages are equipped with sensors that respond to electrical impulses generated by muscles transplanted from the men's legs to their arms, and it allows them to complete tasks, such as pouring water and buttoning a shirt, that were previously impossible.

In 2016, researchers at Harvard University created a "bionic leaf" that improves on a plant's ability to convert light energy into chemical fuel, mimicking photosynthesis. It efficiently splits water into hydrogen and oxygen gas by pairing silicon — the material that makes up solar panels — with catalyst coatings. The hydrogen gas can be stored on site and used to drive fuel cells, providing a way to store and use power that originates from the sun.

See also : AI  bionic code  e-skin  
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