Rex, the Million-Dollar Bionic Man at London's Science Museum

Created: 2013-02-06 22:38 EST


Scientists have unveiled a real-life million-dollar bionic man in London, complete with artificial organs, synthetic blood and robotic limbs.

Standing at 6 feet 6 inches, Rex, as it's been dubbed, is a bit taller than the Six Million Dollar Man, Lee Majors.

It was assembled by a team of leading roboticists for a documentary entitled "How to Build a Bionic Man." The bionic body is highly functional; it even has sight.

The team was lead by Swiss social psychologist Bertolt Meyer. He was born without a left hand, which led to his interest in bionics. Meyer now has a prosthetic hand of his own, though it costs about $47,000, a bit less than Rex.

Asked about the latest advancements in prosthetics technology, Meyer was enthused.

[Bertolt Meyer, Swiss Social Psychologist]:
"Great, because for the first time I was able to flex my wrist with that prosthetic limb, I had never been able to do that before. Of course it was a bit frustrating to be told that not only is this technology not ready yet but also when it becomes available it will be so expensive that it will be completely out of the question for me."

Rex's face is modeled after Meyer's, and the researcher listed his other favorite features.

[Bertolt Meyer, Swiss Social Psychologist]:
"One of my personal favourites is the artificial blood that runs through these tubings, because this is made of nano-particles that are able to bind oxygen and give them off, just like real blood can do, but this isn't real blood, this is nano-particles. I thought that was absolutely science fiction, so I felt that was very, very impressive. Also the fact that they are very close to an implantable artificial kidney that will actually be able to replace a failing kidney without the necessity of a kidney transplant. So think of the great benefits technology like that would bring."

The artificial man will be put on public display at London's Science Museum on Thursday February 7th.