If “Six million dollar man” Steve Austin ever had erectile dysfunction he would have been out on a limb like the rest of mankind, however boffins think they could rebuild him with the world’s first bionic willy.
Experts at the University of Wisconsin in America created a remote-controlled device which lengthens to eight inches when heated to 42C.
Surgically inserted in the base of the penis through an incision, the one inch metal coil can be turned on by a remote held over the groin, generating a metal field which triggers a current. While this sounds a rather good way to avoid thinking about sex ever again, apparently the coil then warms the implant, making it expand and fully erect.
So far it has been tested on animals and could be available to men within a few years.
The device is made using nitinol, which rather than being a pill to make you sleep, is a metal alloy of nickel and titanium which can change shape in different temperatures.
Asif Muneer from the British Association of Urological Surgeons, told The Sun the device had potential to benefit thousands of men suffering with erectile dysfunction.
‘There are fewer components than with existing inflatable implants and that reduces the chances of infection,’ he said.
Bionic penises are apparently not that new, although right now they cost an arm and a leg. Mohammad Abad, 44, from Edinburgh was fitted with the £70,000 replacement in 2012 after losing his penis and testicle when he was run over by a car at age six.
In that case the penis, which was constructed using skin from his forearm rolled up like a ‘sausage roll’ but now he gets erections at the touch of a button.