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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

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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.


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

    Bertolt Meyer

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    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.
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