The 'Mushtari' Wearable is Embedded With Living Matter

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - May 21, 2015
References: blog.stratasys & gizmag
The Mushtari is the world's first 3D-printed photosynthetic wearable prototype to be infused with living matter. This wearable is constructed from 58 meters of 3D-printed tubes coiled into a mass that mimics the construction of the human gastrointestinal tract.

Developed by MIT professor Neri Oxman, this wearable goes to show that synthetic technology that emulates human organs can be leveraged for research and experimentation; in the future this could allow for medical research to be conducted without having to source, store and dispose of real human matter.

"In the end, it is clear that the incorporation of synthetic biology in 3D-printed products for wearable microbiomes will enable the transition from designs that are inspired by nature, to designs made with and by nature, to possibly designing nature herself," says Professor Oxman.