The Straits Times
Published on Feb 06, 2013

'Bionic man' goes on show at British museum


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.