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If you were around in the mid 1970's or have been trolling the DVD backlist on Netflix then you are undoubtedly familiar with astronaut Steve Austin, played by Lee Majors. In the pilot to the four year series, Major Austin is horribly injured in the crash of an experimental aircraft only to awaken as a multiple amputee. Offered hope in an experimental operation that cost six million dollars, both legs, his right arm and his left eye are replaced with bionic implants that give him superhuman abilities. After the operation, he is able to run at speeds of 60 mph, his eyy has zoom capability and his right arm has superhuman strength.
While currentl technology can not replicate all of the abilities of Colonel Austin, at least not yet, there are a number of "bionic" devices that have been able to allow paraplegics to walk, the deaf to hear, and the blind to see. Plus there are legions of "enhanced humans" who via technology are able to do and see things that no ordinary human being can.
In this episode of Working the Web to Win we will explore off-the-shelf technology and look at the next wave of bionic technology that is just over the horizon.
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