THE INCREDIBLE BIONIC MAN Premieres on Smithsonian Channel, 10/20
Smithsonian Channel is the exclusive U.S. television home to chronicle the behind-the-scenes story of the world's first real Bionic Man - a 6-foot-tall robot built entirely from bionic body parts and implantable synthetic organs - complete with a functioning circulatory system. The result of billions of dollars of research and featuring components borrowed from some of the world's leading laboratories, THE INCREDIBLE BIONIC MAN shows how far we've come in efforts to simulate the human body. A new one-hour documentary about the ambitious project premieres on Smithsonian Channel on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Smithsonian Channel is bringing the Bionic Man to the United States to Go On public display, unveiling it at New York Comic Con October 10-13 and subsequently at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. through the fall.
THE INCREDIBLE BIONIC MAN begins with a team of engineers led by Richard Walker and Matthew Godden from Shadow Robot Company, gathered in a London warehouse, surrounded by boxes and crates from around the world. Inside are 28 of the most advanced artificial body parts ever made. The engineers' task - to put them together and create a Bionic Man that walks, talks, grasps, sees, hears and even thinks -has never been attempted before.
For their human model, they will use Dr. Bertolt Meyer, a social psychologist at the University of Zurich, who has a bionic hand himself. Dr. Meyer had previously spent a lifetime experimenting with hooks and plastic hands with limited functionality, and he was one of the first in Switzerland to receive a groundbreaking bionic prosthetic, complete with a motor in every finger and a fully rotating wrist. Now, while the engineers get to work, it will be Dr. Meyer's task to travel the world meeting the scientists behind the latest biological and technological marvels.
Leading biomedical innovators have loaned the most sophisticated prosthetic parts available and currently used in medical science. Until now, no one has ever attempted to combine them into a single functioning creature. THE INCREDIBLE BIONIC MAN follows Walker and Godden building the complex robot, from programming the mechanical arm to grasp objects and programming the legs to walk across the room, to connecting the "brain," allowing it to communicate verbally.