‘Rex’ doesn’t have working vital organs, but 60-70% of the human body was replicated for the world’s first bionic man.
The world’s first bionic man, who is known as ‘Rex’, has been unveiled at the Science Museum in central London this week. The two-metre tall artificial human points towards a future where we’ll be able to replace human parts with man-made ones– the ‘bionic’ man is no longer reserved to sci-fi fantasy worlds.
It has been nicknamed the ‘Million-Dollar Man’ as it was created using $1 million worth of state-of-the-art, fully-functioning limbs and artificial organs.
While there are some vital organs that can’t yet be replicated, such as the stomach and brain, Rex features a prosthetic face, hips, knees, feet, and hands, as well as artificial retinas, heart, and lungs. Some of the technology can’t work without human input, while other parts have been designed to work on their own. Rich Walker, managing director of the robotics team that built Rex, told The Independent:
We were surprised how many of the parts of the body can be replaced. There are some vital organs missing, like the stomach, but 60 to 70 per cent of a human has effectively been rebuilt.
Looks like Luke Skywalker won’t be the only one with a bionic hand soon.