Coming Soon: The Bionic Man

Computer technology and Iraq war fuel innovation in prosthetic research

In some ways the back room of the University of New Brunswick's Institute of Biomedical Engineering looks like an ordinary workshop. Power drills, saws, and other tools hang on the wall. Vises are bolted to the workbenches. A metal lathe stands in the corner. Tape measures, screwdrivers, and safety goggles rest on the counter.

Amid the usual workshop clutter, the limbs stand out: a row of artificial legs on