Microprocessors, materials and software launch new bionic era

08/26/2013 | Smithsonian Magazine

In London, scientists are assembling a Bionic Man that will combine advanced artificial limbs and organs, all operated by computer, in a demonstration of the extraordinary technological advances that are taking place in the fields of prosthetic devices and replacement organs. The Bionic Man, which incorporates i-limb and other innovations, will be the subject of a Smithsonian Channel documentary in October. Biophysicist and engineer Hugh Herr of MIT's Media Lab predicts that, because prostheses are improving so quickly, physical disabilities may be a thing of the past by the end of this century.

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