The Six Million Dollar Man: We Can Rebuild Him, for How Much?

Apr 23, 2014 1:17pm
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Lee Majors in the Six Million Dollar Man, Aug. 15, 1973. (Credit: ABC)

It’s been about 40 years since “The Six Million Dollar Man” premiered on ABC in 1974, and, gentlemen, we can rebuild him.

He’ll be “better, stronger, faster,” as the iconic intro goes, and — wait for it — cheaper.

If he were put together today, he’d really be more like “The Nine Hundred Thousand Dollar Man,” even with inflation.

Between the bionic eye that’s allowing a Michigan blind man to see for the first time to the bionic hands used by flesh-eating bacteria survivor Aimee Copeland, we have the technology. Check out our breakdown of some of the parts you might find in a modern-day Steve Austin.

Special sound effects not included.

Body Part Cost
Bionic Eye (You only need one!) $144,000
Cochlear Implants (x2) $264,000
Bionic Hands (x2) $200,000
Artificial Heart $124,700
Smart Prosthetic Legs (x2) $190,000
TOTAL COST $922,700
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Roger Pontz wears special glasses that house a small video camera and transmitter at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center, April 16, 2014, in Ann Arbor, Mich. (Mike Householder/AP Photo)

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