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One Small Step for the Bionic Man, One Giant Leap for Robotics

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One Small Step for the Bionic Man, One Giant Leap for Robotics

Short | 02:27

Hydraulic hips, computer controlled knees, the world's most lifelike bionic ankles, and a robotic exoskeleton propel the Bionic Man forward to take his very first steps.

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How close is today's technology to catching up with the human body? Two roboticists are on a quest to find out. Follow their mission as they collect the most sophisticated prosthetic parts available and combine them into one single functioning body, complete with an artificial heart, microchip brain, synthetic lungs, kidneys, and even a spleen. Their incredible bionic man reveals just how far science has come and demonstrates where this technology is headed, all the while posing the eternal question of what it means to be human.


  • Richard Walker
  • Bertolt Meyer
  • Alexander Seifalian
  • Richard Walker

    Richard Walker

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    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.
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