Rise of the Robots
Meet the Makers
The Incredible Bionic Man
Meet the Bionic Man: a talking, breathing, walking man, made of the best prosthetic body parts and robotic technology available
Bertolt Meyer was the human model for the bionic man. He is a psychology professor who has used a prosthetic limb since he was just three months old. Born with a congenitally missing lower left arm, he has seen the development of prosthetic technology firsthand, and in 2009 became Switzerland's first user of one of the most advanced kinds - the Touch Bionics iLimb.
As the Managing Director of Shadow Robot, Richard Walker collaborates with universities, hospitals, and researchers worldwide. He studied mathematics at the University of Cambridge and helped to invent the world's most dexterous, commercial robotic hand.
Professor Alexander Seifalian and his colleagues at University College London invented a method of creating artificial organs. Using a patient's stem cells and a scaffolding made of a new kind of nanomaterial, he has been able to implant synthetic body parts, including the first ever synthetic trachea, tear duct, nose, ear and coronary artery bypass graft.