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First complete 'bionic man' unveiled


Posted on Monday, 21 October, 2013 | Comment icon 33 comments

The bionic man looks eerily human. Image Credit: YouTube / Smithsonian
A robot made entirely out of artificial body parts has been revealed at a museum in Washington.
Complete with a human-like face and the ability to talk, the bionic contraption was unveiled at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. The idea behind the development of the robot was to showcase recent medical breakthroughs in the development of artificial organs and body parts.

In total the robot cost over $1 million to build and is made out of 28 individual parts including all four limbs, a pancreas, a circulatory system and a pair of lungs.

"The whole idea of the project is to get together all of the spare parts that already exist for the human body today - one piece," said social psychologist Bertolt Meyer. "If you did that, what would it look like?"

In addition to a human-like appearance, the robot is equipped with the ability to speak using a computer system similar to Apple's Siri. "The people who made it decided to program it with the personality of a 13-year-old boy from the Ukraine," said design engineer Robert Warburton. "So, he's not really the most polite of people to have a conversation with."


Source: Reuters | Comments (33)

Tags: Bionic

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #24 Posted by EnderOTD on 22 October, 2013, 4:37
Why the hell do want to argue semantics? :edit... Right on LOL
Comment icon #25 Posted by Likely Guy on 22 October, 2013, 4:41
Why the hell do want to argue semantics? :edit... Right on LOL Exactly, we agree on the semantics! Have a nice night. P.S.: I also found it funny that you tagged this thread "robotics"!
Comment icon #26 Posted by imagestic on 22 October, 2013, 8:34
Kill it... kill it WITH FIRE!
Comment icon #27 Posted by Slave2Fate on 22 October, 2013, 11:07
So, where is the biology of this creation? "The word bionic was coined by Jack E. Steele in 1958, possibly originating from the technical term bion (pronounced bee-on) (from Ancient Greek: ????), meaning 'unit of life' and the suffix -ic, meaning 'like' or 'in the manner of', hence 'like life'. Some dictionaries, however, explain the word as being formed as a portmanteau from biology + electronics." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bionics You believe that it merely has to be 'life like' while I believe the latter. From what I gathered from the article the components of the 'robot' were to showcas... [More]
Comment icon #28 Posted by Emeraldgemheart on 22 October, 2013, 21:04
Now, if they could only make the Transformers real...
Comment icon #29 Posted by F3SS on 22 October, 2013, 23:04
Now, if they could only make the Transformers real... Check this out... Gigantic boardable personal mech-warrior http://suidobashijuko.jp Edit: I know the link looks odd but it's Japanese and I have only viewed on a tablet but it seems legit.
Comment icon #30 Posted by Likely Guy on 23 October, 2013, 2:43
From what I gathered from the article the components of the 'robot' were to showcase the medical technology of implants. They aren't biological however they mimic their biological counterparts, hence 'bionics'. Yes, but the definition which I go by is that 'bionic' is a portmanteau of biology and electronics. That's the way the $6 Million Dollar Man worked anyways - electronics adapted to a biological organism. Half biology, half electronic. Now, 'Cyborg' is probably the more popular term. A life-like robot, back in the old days (before they were invented) were called 'androids'. Definitions c... [More]
Comment icon #31 Posted by Emeraldgemheart on 23 October, 2013, 14:35
Check this out... Gigantic boardable personal mech-warrior http://suidobashijuko.jp Edit: I know the link looks odd but it's Japanese and I have only viewed on a tablet but it seems legit. Oh, cool.
Comment icon #32 Posted by Eldorado on 24 October, 2013, 3:05
Sooo.... when we getting a bionic woman?
Comment icon #33 Posted by AlienDan on 1 November, 2013, 5:46
Thank you for your input. Do you think that any of this technology has helped people to cope with their physical shortcomings at all? or are you just commenting to say something negative? It's dumb because it's not doing anything, making it look like some model of parts just put together. And the video is dumb because it shows nothing good. And it's dumb because there are videos showcasing more advanced robots than this junky looking thing. And it's dumb that you're taking my comment as being negative towards helping people with physical shortcomings.


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