Today’s Badass: Man With Bionic Leg To Climb Skyscraper


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Thirty-one-year-old Zac Vawter is a few different things: a software programer, a motorcycle aficionado and… a cyborg.

The guy lost his right leg in a 2009 motorcycle crash. No biggie. He just talked the Department of Defense into making him a test subject for an $8 million thought-controlled prosthetic limb. And now he’s going to climb the 103-story Willis Tower in Chicago as part of a fundraiser to help the Center for Bionic Medicine, which sounds like something out of an Isaac Asimov novel.

“Vawter will think, ‘Climb stairs,’ and the motors, belts and chains in his leg will synchronize the movements of its ankle and knee,” according to the Associated Press, as “11 electrodes placed on the skin of Vawter’s thigh [feed] data to the bionic leg’s microcomputer.”

You can watch the half-man/half-machine in action below, or you can just wait until he single-handedly, single-leggedly conquers the primitive, obsolete human race.

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