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RobertoOrtiz
08-21-2003, 11:05 PM
Quote:
"Japanese companies are preparing for the commercial launch of a "robot suit" that helps aged or physically disabled people walk, get up the stairs or seat themselves to relax without a chair. "

>>Link<< (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/20030821/tc_afp/japan_robot_technology_030821084042)

-R

SimonReeves
08-22-2003, 12:17 AM
mmmm nice looks cool

yog
08-22-2003, 12:24 AM
Originally posted by RobertoOrtiz
Quote:
.... seat themselves to relax without a chair. "

>>Link<< (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/20030821/tc_afp/japan_robot_technology_030821084042)

-R

Now that is a cool concept. No spare seat on the train ? No worries, just tell the exoskeleton to hold a sitting position.

But what I really want to know is when will they start issuing the aged and disabled with pulse rifles and red glowing eyes ? :buttrock:
Soz, went to see T3 last night :cool:

fattdex
08-22-2003, 12:52 AM
mmmmmmmmmm patlabor :drool:

CaptRuss
08-22-2003, 01:06 AM
Cross reference this with the LandWarrior system in development...and you've got STARSHIP TROOPERS.

Well, almost.

Capt. Russ

The Time Serpent
08-22-2003, 01:16 AM
i wonder when the army will use it....

Agent D
08-22-2003, 03:49 AM
Originally posted by The Time Serpent
i wonder when the army will use it....

Like CaptRuss mentioned, the US Army has been working on exoskeleton systems for while. And I'm betting they'll go much faster than 2.5 miles per hour. :twisted: I want to test both out!

gnarlycranium
08-22-2003, 04:28 AM
Whooboy.

Guess it had to happen, eh?

FloydBishop
08-22-2003, 05:16 AM
Originally posted by yog
Now that is a cool concept. No spare seat on the train ? No worries, just tell the exoskeleton to hold a sitting position.

Or tell the jock (who's sitting in your old seat anyway) to move before you give him a cyborg foot enema. Who's going to argue with a guy who has cyborg legs?

FBMachine
08-22-2003, 05:58 AM
Woah! Maybe this will be the transportation of the future to replace cars, jogging to your destination with long mecha strides. :D Certainly would have less accidents, unless you're prone to running into walls.
Dan

fattdex
08-22-2003, 07:09 AM
yeah, but imagine mecha pub fights! :beer:
hadoken!

lowkey
08-22-2003, 08:52 AM
hmmm, to be honest this whole thing looks quite heavy to me, especially for older people...will this suit carry itself or what? i wonder how it manages balance and what will happen if it will be drained of power during action...stop-freeeeeeze! :D

Virtuoso
08-22-2003, 09:31 AM
Just wait until it gets into the wrong hands,Robocop will have to come out of retirement (Shudders) :p ;)

Agent D
08-22-2003, 09:35 AM
Originally posted by lowkey
hmmm, to be honest this whole thing looks quite heavy to me, especially for older people...will this suit carry itself or what? i wonder how it manages balance and what will happen if it will be drained of power during action...stop-freeeeeeze! :D

Well... that's like saying a car is too heavy. It powers and moves itself, along with you in it. From what I understand, this one senses your muscle movements, and corresponds the leg motors to them, so to answer your question, the user manages balance. As for power... probably yes, it would wind down and if you didn't get in a good stance quickly, you would fall over.


P.S. You guys watch too much anime. "mechas" indeed. :p

FBMachine
08-22-2003, 10:32 AM
As for the weight, it says:

The weight of the system will be soon reduced from the current 17 kilogrammes (37 pounds) to some 10 kilogrammes, while the projecting part of the actuators will be halved to five centimetres (one and three quarter inches).

~20lb wouldn't be so bad considering it's walking for you. :) As for the anime comment, actually I don't watch anime, but I sure as hell would buy one of those mecha suits if I had the chance. :)
Dan

kiaran
08-22-2003, 11:43 AM
I know they're marketing these to the elderly and cripples but what about lazy people?? Sure would make the trip over to the coffee and donuts stand a little more bearable!

Hear's hoping! :beer:

???
08-22-2003, 01:05 PM
that news is 1 years old :annoyed:

PhilOsirus
08-22-2003, 03:18 PM
Yeah! If there is one thing I wantede to do in life it's tro develop mechas and such. A I wish I could start school all over:)

mattregnier
08-22-2003, 04:24 PM
damn that's hot. even though it's still just an exoskeleton I totally can't wait for the next step...a hardsuit.

http://home2.pacific.net.sg/~sohkh/bgc4suit.jpg

LocoMan
08-22-2003, 07:48 PM
It starts with this:

http://locoman.kapowwie.com/images/exo.jpg

And before you know it, you get these:

http://locoman.kapowwie.com/images/mech.jpg

Nuff'said... :D

The Cross
08-26-2003, 10:14 AM
It's always about efficency, That's why we'll never feel like we're in a new era. We see something like that, and a week later we're back to looking out for moving sidewalks and flying cars.

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