Bionic Man walks the streets of Washington DC

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

Dr. Frankenstein
Could this Bionic Man scientist look more wild-eyed and Dr. Frankenstein-ish?

What do Frankenstein and the Six Million Dollar Man have in common? They are two examples of how humans are obsessed with recreating life! However, while those are both works of fiction, researchers from the University of Zurich have managed to build what they’re calling the Bionic Man, which is basically an awesome robot modelled after a human!

The researchers kept themselves busy over the years hunting for the most advanced robotic body parts in the world to combine them in one human-like machine. They’ve obviously done a great job, since 50% of the Bionic Man’s body is like our own, only a lot less squishy.

In fact, he comes with the most sophisticated synthetic (manmade) organs and prosthetic limbs (substitute body parts). Just to give you an idea of how well the Bionic Man was engineered, he has a working circulatory system (like the one that pumps blood through our body)!

According to Rich Walker, the managing director of the project, not only was his team surprised at the progress, but “even the researchers who had worked on the artificial organs” were impressed. Although the Bionic Man looks, walks, and talks like a human, he lacks a brain and nervous system, so his movements are directed by remote controls.

Still, he’s an amazing invention that everyone should have a chance to see! If you’re lucky enough to live in the Washington DC area and want to meet him in person, the Bionic Man will be on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, so hop on over. For everyone else, a special documentary will air this Sunday at 9pm ET on the Smithsonian Channel, so stay tuned!

Featured image courtesy of the Smithsonian Channel on Twitter. Image of Bionic Man scientist courtesy of Smithsonian Channel on YouTube .