Augmented Humans

Display at Melbourne Museum, March–July 2018

Melbourne is home to exciting new innovations combining medicine, design and technology. Many of these have the power to augment human abilities.

Facett hearing device: sound with style

Woman holding hearing aids
Leah Heiss is a Melbourne-based designer working at the nexus of design, health, and technology.

Inspired by Museums Victoria’s Geosciences Collection, the displayed stylish and highly engineered hearing devices were launched in March 2018. They reflect a radical new approach in the design of medical devices which augment our sensory perception—challenging the idea of having to conceal.

Facett is the world’s first modular self-fit hearing aid.

Using focus group feedback as part of the iterative design process, this modular system allows users to change and replace modules at will, and to be proud of their beautiful cutting edge technology.

hearing aids and minerals in a museum display
Facett hearing devices on display alongside some of the inspirational museum geoscience specimens.

This display was put together with the help of Blamey Saunders hears and Leah Heiss.

Bionic eye: restoring sight

This amazing Australian invention uses electronics to return lost vision. One key component is a tiny platinum electrode array that is implanted into the eye, to stimulate eye’s light receptor cells. The rest of the optical pathway is healthy and works as it would normally, allowing users to see large shapes and flashes of light. Australian researchers, surgeons, designers, and patients have all contributed ideas to the Bionic Eye.

This amazing Australian invention uses electronics to return lost vision.

This display was put together with the help of Melbourne’s Bionics Institute.

Senior Curator, Human Biology and Medicine

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