Scifi-SciFact #7: Six Million Dollar Man (1974-1978): The first Bionic Eye1 min read

Taking a classic like Frankenstein, building and animating a man and bringing it to the technological age, The Six Million Dollar Man captured the possibilities of not only saving life, but creating a superhero to fight injustice using cybernetic parts for the good of man.  Steve Austin nearly dead after a plane crash, was saved by cybernetics becoming a secret operative fighting “evil”.  Austin has increased speed, strength and his left bionic eye allowed him to see long distances.

Sci-fi fans have been debating about a rumored remake for years featuring LeonardoDiCaprio as the son of Austin and new Bionic Man to carry on the legacy.  Facing many roadblocks, screenplay writer Kevin Smith turned to the comics.  There are new rumors that the film may finally go into production in 2014, but no contracts have been signed.

UntitledAlthough the new Bionic Man has been on ice, scientists have produced the first commercially available bionic eye that has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration.   The technology has developed over the past 20 years and will now allow a blind person see for the very first time.  The transplant is placed behind the retina, which is connected to a video camera that displays in a pair of sunglasses.


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Sebastien Clarke
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