Japanese Mass Produce Exoskeletons

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Japanese Mass Produce Exoskeletons

Move over HULC, the "Hybrid Assistive Limb" suit is coming from the East, and these exoskeletons are for the public.

First demonstrated back in 2007, the HAL suit from Cyberdyne, can increase your strength by up to ten times.

As the website explains: "When a person attempts to move, nerve signals are sent from the brain to the muscles via motoneuron, moving the musculoskeletal system as a consequence. At this moment, very weak biosignals can be detected on the surface of the skin. HAL catches these signals through a sensor attached on the skin of the wearer. Based on the signals obtained, the power unit is controlled to wearer's daily activities."

In essence, speedy body makes speedy exoskeleton.

The power unit isn't as long lasting as the HULCs though, only providing 5 hours use between recharges, but there is talk of an EU site opening up to produce them.

Even the price doesn't seem too steep, at a mere $4,200 a pop, but only 400 will be made annually.

While there may be boyish dreams of Iron Man/Batman fantasies from some of us, the exoskeleton also can help disaster rescue teams, heavy industrial jobs, and people with movement disabilities.

That company name sure sounds familiar, though.

Source: H+ Magazine via Slashdot

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Impressive as an industrial tool or as a old-person's aid. Although instead of a machine revolution, we have to worry about a "Grey Dawn" scenario (see South Park ;))

Oh shiiiiiiiii-

I need this so I can run around and play Gantz.

wow. seriously. awesome.

It's not a boyish fantasy if I actualy do it.
I will be Batman

That's pretty awesome.
Dame Awesome, in fact.

hmm 4200$, hmmm. That's it I'm getting one.

I'd be tempted to buy it for such a low price tag but I expect the waiting list would be somewhat lengthy in nature.

I'm...hesitant. I don't want to die when SkyNet takes over the world (nice catch, incidentally,) but I really want one of those.

On the one hand: absolutely bloody awesome.
On the other hand: Cyberdyne?! Oh God! The machine takeover has begun!

MaxTheReaper:
I'm...hesitant. I don't want to die when SkyNet takes over the world (nice catch, incidentally,) but I really want one of those.

Oh, you won't die. It will just make you its host.

O wow, from all the unlikely sci fi technologies, I never expected robot battle suits to actually be the first contender of actually becoming real. Not so much Gundam, but Appleseed seems to become pretty likely.
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Would be nice if the future would also include the girl, then I'd inlist in the army in no time.

Holy...Fuck...

Between being used for construction working, rescue mission, every boyish dream of crime fighting to being used to downright replace missing limbs or allow disabled people to be almost entirely self-sufficient... This is history being made ladies and gentlemen... This, is history right here.

O wow, I'm just speaking to someone...who is not interested in this thing in the least, and rather sees it removed from existance. What shall we do with this heretic?

Add those to the MOD's "Skynet" military comms system:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7451867.stm

We are doomed.

lol, when he's talking about the cybedine thingymejig, i thought he was referring to the name, HULC: just replace the C with a K aaand...

I want one....funny thing I got the change for such a thing. I wonder if the muscles used in the device are those retardedly strong carbon non fiber muscles. That would explain the relatively cheap cost of the suit as those muscle sheets are dirt cheap.

That's it. Forget Zombies. CYBORG INVASION COMING SOON!!!

It's the thing that will be sold for a few months. Then only reserve for army purposes. You'll see.

RollForInitiative:
I'd be tempted to buy it for such a low price tag but I expect the waiting list would be somewhat lengthy in nature.

And you thought the wii had a long waiting list!

scumofsociety:
Add those to the MOD's "Skynet" military comms system:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7451867.stm

We are doomed.

Ohhhh dear.

To be honest, a suit like that would be awesome, let's just hope terorists won't get a hand on that baby, 'cause if they do we'd be pretty much fucked...

I may well have to buy one of them for that asking price.

I'm tempted to get one as soon as they give them better batteries. $4200 is half the price of a working car in these parts.

Minemineminemine! I will never have to pay for sex again! Er...I mean...um...aw, hell.

I still want it.

"This program brought to you by beer and cars."

OH MY GOD THATISCOOL. And if that really is the price, crime fighting vigilantism here I come!

I want one, but with blowtorches and nukes!
But this also means that the crazy war veterans will become mobile again...

Why'd they have to name it 'Hal'?

Seriously though, wave of the future (hopefully).

For anybody wondering about "Cyberdine" and "HAL"...they picked those names totally on purpose. One of my friends in robotics interviewed for a job there, and he told me about meeting the president of the company and the guy telling him about the names. I about died laughing when he told me about the company.

Dibs on the exo-skeleton ! I just cant think about anything else to say here.

yeah_so_no:
For anybody wondering about "Cyberdine" and "HAL"...they picked those names totally on purpose. One of my friends in robotics interviewed for a job there, and he told me about meeting the president of the company and the guy telling him about the names. I about died laughing when he told me about the company.

OF COURSE THEY CHOSE THOSE NAMES! THEIR FULFILLING THEIR DESTINY!!! WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!

Looks like Patlabor will be a reality in no time - wow!

Hrmm maybe with one of those I'll finally be able to get my damned amp out of my trunk.

This is just the start, if they can offer them at such a cheap price now when its just starting out think of what it will be like in 10 or 20 years. They might become incredibly cheap and widely available. They could even replace cars I'd imagine if the technology advances enough. Also no more being a bedridden cripple when your old, just jump around in a robot suit.

I'm currently watching Ghost in the Shell series and I must say this article sent chills down my spine...

Awesome. That's all I can say about this.

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