Scientists Developed the World's First Bionic Man

Oct 21, 2013 14:43 IST

world's first robot human (Bionic man)Scientists developed the world's first robot human (Bionic man) made entirely of prosthetic parts.  The bionic man can walk, talk and has a beating heart.

Bionic man was assembled from prosthetic body parts and artificial organs donated by laboratories around the world.
The bionic man also has a nearly complete set of artificial organs including an artificial heart, blood, lungs (and windpipe), pancreas, spleen, kidney and functional circulatory system.

He also sports a cochlear implant, speech recognition and speech production systems. The engineers equipped the bionic man with a sophisticated chatbot  programme that can carry on a conversation.

It also has a pair of robotic ankles and feet from BiOM in Bedford, Massachusetts, designed and worn by bioengineer Hugh Herr of MIT's Media Lab, who lost his own legs after getting trapped in a blizzard as a teenager.

To support his prosthetic legs, the bionic man wears a robotic exoskeleton dubbed Rex .It was made by REX Bionics in New Zealand.
He lacks a few major organs including liver, stomach and intestines, which are too complex to replicate in a lab. His brain can mimic certain functions of the human brain and he has a retinal prosthesis.

Roboticists Rich Walker and Matthew Godden of Shadow Robot Co in England developed the bionic man.

The robot was modeled in some physical aspects after Bertolt Meyer, a social psychologist at the University of Zurich in Switzerland, who wears one of the world's most advanced bionic hands.

The total cost for development of the robot is around 1 million US Dollars.

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