NEW YORK - The bionic man stops by the Today Show. Savannah and Matt marveled over this guy, who has more than a million sensors, 200 processors, 70 circuit boards, and 26 individual motors.
He's built completely from prosthetic parts with blood pumping to his heart, bionic hands, artificial eyesight and an exoskeleton that allows him to walk. Swiss social psychologist Bertolt Meyer describes the invention as the wheelchair of the future, perhaps one day giving paralyzed people the ability to walk.
One thing the guy doesn't have is a brain. Meyer also has a personal connection to this man, and his technology. He was born without a left hand, and now has a bionic one.
"No. no. That was something for which we couldn't find a replacement," Meyer said. "So, we went out to the Internet to find the best software on can have a conversation with today. But it's still very very limited. And it has come so far this technology. So, I would have never imagined in my own lifetime to have something like this. So, for example, if you hold on to the mobile phone, the built-in pressure sensors in the hand understand the shape of the object that you're holding and adapt the grasp. So it gives a completely natural grip of the object."
Meyer is also the host of an upcoming special about the Bionic Man Project, airing on the Smithsonian Channel on Oct. 20 at 9 p.m. Eastern.
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