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Meet Frank, The World's First Walking, Talking Bionic Man Complete With A Beating Heart

Meet Frank, The World's First Walking, Talking Bionic Man Complete With A Beating Heart

by Brad MerrillOctober 24, 2013

Researchers have unveiled the world’s first walking, talking bionic man complete with a circulatory system and a beating heart.

Called Frank—short for Frankenstein—the six-foot robot is comprised by artificial body parts donated by research centers around the world, has 200 processors, and is covered in over a million sensors.

The bionic man was designed by Dr. Bertolt Meyer from the University of Zurich, built by a team of engineers at Shadow Robot in London, and is currently on display at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington as part of The Incredible Bionic Man exhibition.

Frank’s 200 processors are powered through 70 circuit boards and 26 individual motors. More than a million sensors detect touch and changes in temperature. And it’s all powered from the inside by the heart and circulatory system.

“The goal is not to replace the human being,” Dr. Meyer told the press. “The ultimate goal is to provide technology to fix a broken person.” Social psychologist Dr. Meyer has a bionic hand himself.

Frank was built using 28 of “the most advanced artificial body parts available today from laboratories and research centers around the world” as well as synthetic organs. Frank’s face, made of silicone, is a replica of Dr. Meyer’s.

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Brad Merrill
Brad Merrill is the founder and former editor of VentureBreak.