Rex is the worlds most advance bionic man…
A new bionic man Rex (short for ‘robotic exoskeleton) is said to be the most advance ever developed with flowing blood, prosthetic limbs; a prosthetic face, a functional artificial blood-circulatory system; and artificial organs including a pancreas, kidney, spleen, and trachea. He even has partial sight thanks to glasses that send images to a microchip is his retina, which in turn sends electrical pulses to the brain, to form shapes and patterns.
Rex was created for the a TV documentary series called “How to Build a Bionic Man,” which was aired on the UK’s Channel 4.
Rex was constructed by a team of roboticists, called Shadow, and was made from various individual body parts built in labs all over the world to demonstrate what current artificial organs and medical devices can do. The total cost of the robot was a whopping $1 million.
The team, along with most experts, envisions a future where patients will be able to fix a failing organ without having a transplant.
Rex’s appearance however, was not thought up in the lab. The bionic man was actually modeled on a real man, Bertolt Meyer, who himself has a prosthetic hand.
Meyer, a social psychologist at the University of Zurich, said:
“One of my personal favorites is the artificial blood that runs through these tubings, because this is made of nanoparticles that are able to bind oxygen and give them off, just like real blood can do, but this isn’t real blood, this is nanoparticles,”
“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. I knew fairly much about prosthetic limbs apparently, but what we are close to accomplishing in terms of artificial organs — I find that absolutely mind boggling.”
Rex is on display as part of a free exhibition called “How Much of You Can Be Rebuilt?”. The exhibit, at the Science Museum in London, runs until March 11.