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Elon Musk's Six Million Dollar Man device to get paralyzed walking 'a year away'

Elon Musk has claimed his Six Million Dollar Man device that will enable the paralyzed to walk is a "a year away".

The billionaire entrepreneur is confident the revolutionary piece of tech, essentially a brain implant, measuring an inch in diameter, which is capable of fixing many issues with the brain and can even improve visual impairment - as well as helping epilepsy and stroke sufferers - will be inserted into a human's brain in 12 months time.

Although, whilst he gave the timeline for its launch, Musk cautioned that there is "still a lot of work to do" to get it to this stage.

The Tesla boss said: "The device were are working on right now is about an inch in diameter.

"It has a battery and a bluetooth and a charger and the electrodes are inserted into the brain by robot.

"It can help with a range of brain injuries from epilepsy to stroke and muscle control and memory and eyesight.

"The device is a substitute for circuits that are broken. There is still a lot of work to do.

"When I say we've got a shot at putting this into a person in a year I mean exactly that hopefully restoring some functionality that they have lost."

Musk - whose firm teamed up with NASA last month to launch the SpaceX Crew Dragon into space - named Six Million Dollar Man after the 70s TV show - in which an astronaut played by Lee Majors is rebuilt with bionic implants.

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