We here at Cinematical are obviously all about movies, but every now and then we come across a story that's not movie-related in the traditional sense but that we'd still love to share with you all the same. This is one of those stories.

Lyndon Baty is a high school freshman in Knox City, Texas. Unlike his cohorts, however, Lyndon's severely compromised immune system means that going to school could literally kill him. Yet every day, Lyndon shows up to school, going from class to class, test to test, with everyone else his age. So how does he do it?

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OK, so he's not completely a robot. Baty is flesh, blood and bone like you and me, but like Batty in Ridley Scott's 'Blade Runner,' technology has allowed him to be more human than human [via The Singularity Hub]: He uses a chrome and steel surrogate to pilot around the hallways of his high school. The robot, a 4-foot-tall mobile telepresence system built by Vgo Communications, is equipped with a webcam and microphone that allows Baty to see and hear his classmates and teacher at his home, while a video screen at the head of the wheeled unit allows his classmates to see his own face.

So the next time you're watching Bruce Willis beat on robots in 'Surrogates' or Will Smith make fun of the walking toasters in 'I, Robot,' just keep in mind we live in the year 2011 and those kinds of technology are no longer just flights of sci-fi fancy.

Oh, and take that, polycystic kidney disease!
categories Sci-Fi, Cinematical