WARNING: What you are looking at is a REAL OPERATION which took place on the 14th of March 2002



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The Operation

In a set of ground breaking experiments, Professor Kevin Warwick undergoes surgery to his median nerve, to implant a specially designed micro electrode array.
The array, consisting of one hundred tiny electrodes, that are imbedded into the delicate fibres of his bodies neural network, are only the first step in what will make human cyborg engineering possible in the future.

As if mimicking the opening sequence from: popular Sci-Fi television series of the 1970s 'The Six Million Dollar Man'; the Cybernetics professor from Reading University endures just over 2 hours of gruelling surgery, under local aesthetic, at Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, UK, which takes place at 08:30 on March 14th 2002.
Consultant Neuro-surgeon 'Peter Teddy' leads the operating team here - which includes Mr Amjad Shad.  Assisting him, on this occasion, is co-founder of the Cyborg Project: Professor Brian Andrews.
With no way of truly predicting the success, or the potential side effects of such a revolutionary procedure; Professor Kevin Warwick would be taking a huge leap of faith in undergoing this remarkable form of human experimentation on himself.

The success of the operation would not only hold in the balance: his reputation within the scientific community; but also, his health and well being - should any unforeseen complications arise, both during and after surgery.
His new 'bio-port' needed to be accessed directly after the surgery - so that technical maintenance could be carried out for the first time - something which he would have to get use to occurring several times a day from now on.  During which times there would always run a risk that the nerve fibres may be damaged permanently (should the implant, inside the body, be nudged the wrong way?) - which could have disastrous and crippling consequences.

Discover how Sylak was brought in, to provide critical technical support (in the field of 'Special Effects'), when a custom 'designer sheath' was needed - not just to support and protect the patient (as well as his new intricate circuitry), but also to provide a visual point of reference for the growing media attention.


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