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The Bionic Leg – It Exists

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It’s a very special award.

Motorcycle accident victim Zac Vawter is the first man in the nation to have a thought-controlled mechanical leg, which coincidentally also makes him the first man in the nation to be excited at the prospect of climbing stairs.

Sensors in the computerized leg detect nerve impulses in the muscle, and move the robotic leg accordingly. I don’t know if Vawter has any kids, but in the battle of feet versus stray toys left lying around, we have finally found one appendage to crush the competition.

Insert obligatory Steve Austin joke here. What? No, wrong Steve Austin. What?

Detailed video from CBS Chicago after the jump.

h/t Gallen_Dugall

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Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.) Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist