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We have the technology (to quote The Six Million Dollar Man), but commercial tools for exploring, assisting, and augmenting our bodies really can approach a price tag of $6 million. Medical and assistive tech manufacturers must pay not just for R&D, but for expensive clinical trials, regulatory compliance, and liability — and doesn’t help with low pricing that these devices are typically paid for through insurance, rather than purchased directly. But many gadgets that restore people’s abilities or enable new “superpowers” are surprisingly easy to make, and for tiny fractions of the costs of off-the-shelf equivalents. MAKE 29, the “DIY Superhuman” issue, explains how.

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Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern (sternlab.org is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).


  • http://www.facebook.com/sriram.srikanthjena Srikanth Sriram

    exclent magzine

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Borden/1052035377 John Borden

    Lulz, augments.
    This isn’t going to get me hooked on Neuropyzene, is it?

  • http://connersmithsprojects.blogspot.com Conner

    Any idea when subscribers will get these?

    • http://jakespurlock.com/ Jake Spurlock

      Should be in the mail any day….