Million Dollar Bionic Man Finds Home at British Museum

February 6, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Britain’s Science Museum is now proud to host a one million dollar Bionic Man! Complete with artificial organs, synthetic blood and robot limbs, this human robot is named Rex, short for “Robotic Exoskeleton”.

This humanoid has a height of 6ft, 6” and sports a life-like face assembled by leading scientists and roboticists for a TV program. Although cheaper than the “Six Million Dollar Man” made famous by the 1970s TV series starring Lee Majors, this baby is far more advanced.

Rex, billed as the pinnacle of robotics achievements to date, will make its public appearance in a day at the Science Museum in London. Dubbed the Million-Dollar Man, he consists of a prosthetic face, hips, knees, feet and hands, all of which are commercially available. Other off-the-shelf items include an artificial retina, cochlea and heart.


Rex’s other internal organs, among them the pancreas, a set of artificial lungs and bladder, are still in development. Some of the technology cannot work without human input; bionic hands, for example, need muscles and signals from the brain to function.

Other parts, such as the heart and pancreas, are designed to work on their own. The technology used in the making of Bionic man could very well be adapted in sustaining life in extreme conditions if such a case ever sprung up.

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