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'Bionic man' goes on show at British museum

Published on Feb 6, 2013 5:52 AM
A picture shows Rex, the world's first "bionic man", during a photo call at the Science Museum in London on Feb 5, 2013. The US$1 million humanoid has a distinctly human shape and boasts prosthetic limbs, a functional artificial blood circulatory system complete with artificial blood, as well as an artificial pancreas, kidney, spleen and trachea. Rex will be displayed at the Science Museum from Feb 7. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - A "bionic man" costing US$1 million went on display on Tuesday at Britain's Science Museum, complete with artificial organs, synthetic blood and robot limbs.

Named Rex, which is short for Robotic Exoskeleton, the two-metre humanoid with its uncannily life-like face was assembled by leading roboticists for a television programme.

Although cheaper than the Six Million Dollar Man made famous by the cult 1970s television series starring Lee Majors, the technology is far advanced from the fictional bionics on show back then.

The creation includes key advances in prosthetic technology, as well as an artificial pancreas, kidney, spleen and trachea and a functional blood circulatory system.

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