Man climbs skyscraper with bionic leg

Last updated 13:34 05/11/2012
Zac Vawter
REUTERS

BIONIC MAN: Zac Vawter, a 31-year-old software engineer from Seattle, Washington, pauses after climbing to the top of the 103-story Willis Tower using the world's first neural-controlled Bionic leg.

Relevant offers

Americas

Mob smashes Walmart store 'to see how much damage they could cause' Barack Obama's big week points to president's lasting legacy BP settles 2010 US oil spill claims for US$18.7b Thousands evacuated after freight train derails, catches fire, in Tennessee False alarm over possible shooter at Washington DC Navy Yard United States steps up heat on Fifa as it moves to extradite seven officials US Vice-President Joe Biden sends NZ an Independence Day message Mystery woman found in US with amnesia identified Dolphin leaps into boat, lands on woman CNN couple caught in motel shootout with would-be robber

A 31-year-old amputee has made history, becoming the first person to climb 103 floors of one of the world's  tallest skyscrapers with a bionic leg.

Zac Vawter was wearing a prosthetic leg controlled by his mind on Sunday (local time) when he participated in ''SkyRise Chicago''.

The charity  event raises funds for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

The event marked the bionic leg's first test in the public eye.

As Vawter thought about climbing stairs, the motors, chains and  belts in his leg synchronised the movements of its ankle and knee.

Researchers cheered him on and noted the smart leg's performance.Institute officials say the leg and its climber held up  ''fantastically''.

Vawter finished the climb in about 45 minutes.

Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content