Three decades after the hit television programme The Six Million Dollar Man described how the broken body of a former astronaut was rebuilt with mechanical parts, scientists are closer than ever to creating such cyborgs.
The character Steve Austin, played by Lee Majors, became a 1970s pop culture icon after his legs, right arm and left eye were replaced in an operation that gave the world the catch phrase: “Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology.”
Yesterday, at the Experimental Biology 2006 meeting attended by around 12,000 delegates in San Francisco, leading scientists explained in a symposium on “The $6 Billion (Hu) Man” how much of what was once fiction is becoming reality – including electronically powered legs, arms and eyes.
Funny how things like that can work out.
Anyway… the source article goes in depth about cybernetic legs, arms, hands, eyes and ears.