Real Bionic Man Doesn't Even Need a Steve Austin

By Luke Y. Thompson in Tech
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 1:52 pm

...which is probably just as well, because today's Steve Austin, rather than being a Lee Majors character, is a bald drunk who keeps screaming "What? What? What?" We don't need a cyborg version of that.

The surprisingly cheap one-million-dollar man (again, for clarity - not a wrestler who shoves bills down opponents' throats) is all robot parts and nothing organic, replicating about 2/3 of the human body. With those glasses, he also looks like he's ready to visit a shooting range, a concept which is giving Skynet some ideas as we speak.

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The Independent UK

Rex here has working artificial lungs, bladder, cochlea and heart, along with prosthetics like hands and face that are commercially available already.

So far an artificial stomach is the key missing component, since they haven't figured out how to make one small enough, even with today's obesity epidemics.

But seriously - just a million dollars for a set of working artificial organs that include lungs and bladder? Every drunk smoker in the nation reading this is now thinking, "Heck, I can save up for that..."

h/t Gallen_Dugall

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