I Wayan Sumardana and his contraption
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'I've been obsessed with machines since I was a child'

I Wayan Sumardana, a 31-year-old welder in a small village in Bali, has been dubbed "Iron Man" by Indonesian press after he claimed to have made a bionic arm out of junk at home.

He says the "bionic arm", which he made from scrap metals, a lithium battery and electrical components, reacts to signals from his brain.

Mechanical experts have cast doubt on the machine, querying how it could recognise a command without computer programming.

However, Mr Sumardana's fellow villagers remained enthralled by the mystical aspect of his story.

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  • 27 Jan 2016
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