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Robotic Suit For Rent In Japan

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the low-miles-one-owner-died-quick dept.

Robotics 202

xTantrum writes with an AP story that begins "A robotic suit that reads brain signals and helps people with mobility problems will be available to rent in Japan for $2,200 a month starting Friday — an invention that may have far-reaching benefits for the disabled and elderly."

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eat ... to the beat slashdot !! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25324929)

Eat ... to the beat slashdot !!

Welcome to the early edition of BLACK FRIDAY (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25325255)

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Obligatory... (5, Funny)

ScytheLegion (1274902) | more than 5 years ago | (#25324931)

I, for one, welcome our new $2,200/month Robotic Suit Overlords.

Re:Obligatory... (2, Funny)

citizen_senior (1372475) | more than 5 years ago | (#25324985)

I can't see that as being Redundant. They should be welcomed, starting Friday. But today is Friday !! Be welcome O Robotic Suit Overlords !!!!!

Re:Obligatory... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25326033)

Yes, but does it run Linux.

fp bitches! (4, Insightful)

shaitand (626655) | more than 5 years ago | (#25324933)

'an invention that may have far-reaching benefits for the disabled and elderly'

Not for $2200/month it won't.

Re:fp bitches! (3, Insightful)

Splab (574204) | more than 5 years ago | (#25324973)

Well it wont help in places where elderly are expected to take care of themselves - however in the civilized parts of the world where the government takes care of their elderly and disabled this will have huge benefits for all.

Re:fp bitches! (3, Insightful)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 5 years ago | (#25325045)

Well it wont help in places where elderly are expected to take care of themselves - however in the civilized parts of the world where the government takes care of their elderly and disabled this will have huge benefits for all.

You let me know what country takes care of their eldery to the tune of $2200 per month, because that's where I want to retire.

Last I checked, most of those "civilized parts of the world" are either reforming their State pension systems or are planning to.

Re:fp bitches! (2, Insightful)

TheLink (130905) | more than 5 years ago | (#25325173)

What they should do is stop discouraging people from having supersize meals and chain smoking. And put heavy taxes on tobacco and fries.

That'll help take care of the elderly :).

Christ on a crutch.. SMOKING SAVES MONEY (1)

way2trivial (601132) | more than 5 years ago | (#25325981)

how many chain smoking senior citizens are around?

Re:Christ on a crutch.. SMOKING SAVES MONEY (1)

digitalgiblet (530309) | more than 5 years ago | (#25326319)

how many chain smoking senior citizens are around?

Fewer every day.

Re:fp bitches! (4, Insightful)

Splab (574204) | more than 5 years ago | (#25325399)

Well Denmark is spending more than that per month.

Having such a suit means the elderly can get up and down stairs by themselves, go shopping on their own - that means freeing up workers and giving companies more people to hire, while we are currently feeling a bit of pain due to the financial crisis we still have more job offerings than people to hire.

Re:fp bitches! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25325473)

Until they topple on their back and lie there like a poor turtle

Re:fp bitches! (1)

Feltope (927486) | more than 5 years ago | (#25325855)

Well Denmark is spending more than that per month.

Ummm I don't speak Danish (err or Swedish sorry if I have the national lang. wrong)

But as weird as it might sound (I am an American Vet.) I am looking to immigrate and at the same time learn a new lang.

Now as weird as it may sound my Empathy outweighs my patriotism (at this point in the world economics) so I have been looking to immigrate for hmmm one or two years.

As sad as it is (and I wish it wasn't) I have a problem with umm Challenged people, but with elderly people I am fine.

With Challenged people my Empathy out weighs my duty so to speak (my heart bleeds for them) and thus I probably (sadly) can't help.

But with just elderly people yes I would like to help.

respond please at feltope@gmail.com perhaps you can hook me up with a local agency that can help me help others.

thanks, Feltope

Re:fp bitches! (1)

Feltope (927486) | more than 5 years ago | (#25325871)

oh if it helps! :-) I am a computer science engineer graduate and as strange as it may sound a Chef by trade ;-) I love cooking.

Re:fp bitches! (1)

MrNaz (730548) | more than 5 years ago | (#25325935)

Your strange use of the word "Empathy" leads me to believe that you would not pass a Voigt-Kampff test.

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. Also, it's not a proper noun, so it's not whoever you think it is either.

Re:fp bitches! (1)

Splab (574204) | more than 5 years ago | (#25326211)

Not quite sure what you want.

Danish immigration can be found here: http://www.nyidanmark.dk/en-US [nyidanmark.dk]

However you are probably going to find yourself a bit unwelcome (depending on who gets elected in a month) (US=Bush=unfriendliness), and on top of that we got some very strict immigration rules (which suck).

Re:fp bitches! (1)

0100010001010011 (652467) | more than 5 years ago | (#25326733)

I don't see why we'd be unwelcome. There are quite a few of us that don't like him just as much as the rest of the world. Hell some of us are trying to escape.

USA is the Britney Spears of countries. Came in with a flash but fucked it up quite early (in ages of country terms)

Re:fp bitches! (1)

Gerzel (240421) | more than 5 years ago | (#25326739)

Don't hate the US people for Bush. Less than half of them voted for him.

Re:fp bitches! (1)

Shotgun (30919) | more than 5 years ago | (#25326755)

The patient's mobility will still be limited by how much battery reserves they can carry. This might be useful for letting the patient stand up to pull something off a shelf, but won't be useful for an extended shopping trip (barring a very long drop-cord).

It is a step in the right direction, though.

Re:fp bitches! (1)

meist3r (1061628) | more than 5 years ago | (#25325585)

You let me know what country takes care of their eldery to the tune of $2200 per month, because that's where I want to retire.

Last I checked, most of those "civilized parts of the world" are either reforming their State pension systems or are planning to.

QFT! Strangely it's the "terrorist" or "developing" country where family still seems as it is. In our "civilized parts of the world" we usually send Grannie and Gramps into nursing home exile when they can't work anymore and didn't save enough.

Re:fp bitches! (3, Insightful)

compro01 (777531) | more than 5 years ago | (#25325617)

$2200 for now. Remember, this is a first-gen product.

Amen to that -- remember what cell phones cost... (1)

patio11 (857072) | more than 5 years ago | (#25325737)

... in 1985? Those were a big boon to old people, too -- have an emergency while out or alone, take out your Brick-sized Rescue Device Which Cost $1,000 and call for assistance. Now a cellphone for old folks costs essentially nothing, weighs essentially nothing, and the #1 problem is that its too hard to use so you see companies making Credit Card Sized Rescue Device With Single Button That Immediately Summons Ambulance To Your Door Which Costs $20.

Give it a few more years of iterative improvement, something the Japanese tech industry excels at. They won't rest until Nintendo can bundle these with their systems, charge $200, make 25% margins, and get ridiculed by Sony, Microsoft, and Apple for being gimmicky and technically inferior to their iPlayBox.

Re:Amen to that -- remember what cell phones cost. (1)

TheLink (130905) | more than 5 years ago | (#25326169)

A cellphone is not only hard for some old folks to use, it's also hard to use if you have something like a stroke and can no longer figure out numbers or have lost language ability, or are otherwise severely incapacitated.

Re:fp bitches! (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 5 years ago | (#25325673)

That's the beauty of it - with a robotic exoskeleton you won't need to retire! They can put you to use as power cargo loaders [makezine.com] !

Re:fp bitches! (2, Funny)

digitalgiblet (530309) | more than 5 years ago | (#25326307)

You let me know what country takes care of their eldery to the tune of $2200 per month, because that's where I want to retire.

Last I checked, most of those "civilized parts of the world" are either reforming their State pension systems or are planning to.

Let me further refine that statement by saying "...what country takes care of their elderly to the tune of $2200 per month FOR ROBOTIC EXOSKELETON SUITS WITH WHICH TO DOMINATE THE YOUNG, ROBOTIC-EXOSKELETON-FREE KIDS ON THEIR LAWNS."

Re:fp bitches! (1)

Kjella (173770) | more than 5 years ago | (#25325055)

To the tune of 26,400$ a year it won't here in the "civilized parts" either. Socialized health care has some benefits but it doesn't mean we can take money out of thin air. It will come down to a cost-benefit compared to other services, if more elderly can manage without or with less human assistance then it'll happen but it won't magically come on top of everything we provide today.

Re:fp bitches! (3, Insightful)

TheJasper (1031512) | more than 5 years ago | (#25325301)

I can quite imagine in my parts of the world this being a feasible benefit for the elderly *and* the disabled. This doesn't mean everyone over 65 is all of a sudden going to be outfitted like robocop. It means that if this technology will significantly improve someones standard of living then 26,400 isn't the issue.

As for magically appearing...nothing ever does. First you have to have the machines. At the same time pretty much you need doctors, therapists and tecnicians trained to work with the machine. Then you have to probably teach people to work with it.
It's not the money that will be a big problem but the support structure. Even so, I'm sure in 10-20 years you'll be seeing these things or similar ones on the same level as a wheelchair.

Re:fp bitches! (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 5 years ago | (#25326085)

Old people sleep a lot, so they could maybe share one suit between two or three. Hope it's washable!

Re:fp bitches! (1)

msromike (926441) | more than 5 years ago | (#25325065)

If it is too expensive it won't matter than can just raise taxes on the people that do work. If all elses fails than can just print more money. That's how civilized countries spend money they don't have.

Re:fp bitches! (5, Insightful)

clarkkent09 (1104833) | more than 5 years ago | (#25325073)

in the civilized parts of the world where the government takes care of their elderly

Government doesn't take care of the elderly, taxpayers do. If you are going to take my money and pass it on to the elderly then at least give credit where it's due.

Re:fp bitches! (3, Insightful)

smoker2 (750216) | more than 5 years ago | (#25325691)

Yeah, because you would just donate your money every time you see an elderly person in trouble. Same as how you maintain the roads, and defend the country.

flamebait? (1, Funny)

pimpimpim (811140) | more than 5 years ago | (#25326219)

Modders, please remod the parent to something sensible. It's a perfectly valid argument.

Re:fp bitches! (2, Insightful)

SoupIsGoodFood_42 (521389) | more than 5 years ago | (#25325817)

You pay the government to take problems off your hand. Give credit where it's due.

Re:fp bitches! (1)

rprins (1083641) | more than 5 years ago | (#25325887)

In some countries the government actually serves and reflects the opinions of it's population.

So the government takes care of the elderly because the taxpayers want it to.

--
I know it sounds funny, which is what makes it so sad.

Re:fp bitches! (1)

MrNaz (730548) | more than 5 years ago | (#25325991)

Your ideas intrigue me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

Re:fp bitches! (1)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 5 years ago | (#25326015)

Well, the government pays people to look after the elderly with taxpayers' money, to be exact. I imagine that only a very small fraction of taxpayers ever personally help an elderly neighbour with their groceries, or offer to mow their lawn, sadly enough. Although that would work out a lot cheaper for the taxpayer in the end, I suspect.

Re:fp bitches! (1)

discord5 (798235) | more than 5 years ago | (#25325507)

the civilized parts of the world where the government takes care of their elderly and disabled this will have huge benefits for all.

Living in a "civilized" part of the world with social healthcare with a disabled family member, let me reassure you that that the government would laugh at you in the face if you ask them for $2200 a month for this. They will happily provide you with a mint-condition wheelchair until the technology becomes affordable (as in not $2200 a month).

I think there are a lot more useful applications for healthcare money (eg. help pay for life saving surgery, help pay for medication for the chronically ill, etc) than something as frivolous as robot-assisted-legs for an old man who can't walk up the stairs anymore.

Don't get me wrong, I think it's great (hell, it's in fact AWESOME) that this technology exists and is available, but it would be a waste of taxpayer money to allocate healthcare funds to this while more serious cases can benefit more and probably cheaper.

Also, in before flamewar containing the words "socialism", "hypocrisy" and "scam".

Whatever happened (1)

Shivetya (243324) | more than 5 years ago | (#25326017)

to people taking care of their parents and grand parents?

When did it become accepted to just dump them on the corner for other people to pay for?

Sorry, your statement reeks of political correctness, holier-than-thou, good speak. In other words, total bs.

The simple fact is that a hundred years ago, if not less in many areas, we took care of our relatives ourselves. Our churches and communities would organize events to do so. I fully expect one of my parents to be living with us after they lose their spouse. It just is what is supposed to happen.

Instead we now pretend it doesn't cost anything if the government takes care of them, blissfully ignoring that 30% loss of income we experience every pay day.

Government doesn't do anything that taxpayers don't pay for.

The truth is that we live in a society where guilting others into doing things you cannot afford to or won't do is the accepted means. For the children, for the elderly, for the animals, for the environment, well, damn, why not live up to the high standards you want forced on others.

Re:fp bitches! (1)

drsquare (530038) | more than 5 years ago | (#25326089)

Well it wont help in places where elderly are expected to take care of themselves - however in the civilized parts of the world where the government takes care of their elderly and disabled this will have huge benefits for all.

What's civilised about taking money off people their entire lives, then giving some of it back later on, if they're considered disabled enough to need it? Imagine if you paid taxes your entire life, then either died before retirement or weren't crippled and couldn't get the robot, you'd have wasted your money.

Re:fp bitches! (3, Funny)

RMH101 (636144) | more than 5 years ago | (#25326265)

Dude, they've got a robotic suit. I'm picturing armies of elderly gundams. They can take what they want - who's going to stop them?

Re:fp bitches! (1)

lysergic.acid (845423) | more than 5 years ago | (#25324993)

Japan has has socialized health care. the majority of their hospitals and medical institutions are privately owned, but all medical bills are covered by the government. so it won't be a problem for lower income individuals to gain access to this technology in Japan.

though in the U.S. you'll probably only see the wealthy wearing the $2200/month model, while the middle class will have to settle for the $1500/month one-legged version. but everyone else will have to stick with wheelchairs or walkers with tennis balls screwed onto the legs.

Re:fp bitches! (1)

MaWeiTao (908546) | more than 5 years ago | (#25325051)

Given the problems Japan is facing with socialized healthcare I doubt they're government is going to subsidize the use of this thing. Socialized healthcare is great until someone has to pay for it. That's the problem Japan is facing, not enough people to pay for the growing aging population.

Such technology would see limited use not because of healthcare but because of cost versus value. I actually think $2200 a month isn't bad at all given the nature of this new technology. If this thing had been been introduced by an American company it would likely cost 10 times more because of perceived value. And the technology would probably be more utilitarian and require on-going support and maintenance.

Re:fp bitches! (1)

lysergic.acid (845423) | more than 5 years ago | (#25325197)

what kind of problems are they facing? people getting the health care they need regardless of socioeconomic stratum? no one going bankrupt because of medical bills? health care costing a fraction of what it does in the U.S. while citizens receive better care and health results?

i think you should do a little more research into the Japanese health system before saying banal platitudes like "socialized healthcare is great until someone has to pay for it."--what is that even supposed to mean? the government hasn't been paying doctors or hospital staff, and they're just now getting the bill? they've been using the same system for decades, and it's been paid for all this time. they just choose to pay for health care collectively and manage their health care system in a way that best serves public good. and the Japanese people seem perfectly happy with the system they have as it gets them good results.

Re:fp bitches! (1)

azuredrake (1069906) | more than 5 years ago | (#25325343)

I believe he's referring to Japan's very low birth rate in the past two decades, leading to a disproportionately old population retiring from the workforce comparing to the number of youth entering it, which in turn results in lower than projected revenue and higher than projected spending on social programs for the elderly.

Re:fp bitches! (1)

Sparhawk2k (680674) | more than 5 years ago | (#25325349)

The point that Japan has a problem with an aging population is a reasonable one. There are a lot less workers to pay for their health care system now. Though I don't know the exact statistics on how they're doing so far...

And I'm not trying to argue that we shouldn't have national health care programs in the US. Personally I'm all for it. But issues like the sizes of generations are important to consider.

Re:fp bitches! (1)

HungryHobo (1314109) | more than 5 years ago | (#25325597)

I'm 100% for socialised healthcare but I recognise that it has it's problems.

care for young people and you get a healthier population.
OAPs however just need more and more care, the more care they get the longer they live the more care they need etc etc.

France has a fairly calous and cruel,but when it comes down to it, sensible system.
If the hospitals can't cope(like during a heatwave or disaster) then they simply stop treating people over a certain age. Depending on how bad the situation is the age lowers or rises. There are cases of old buisnessmen having heart attacks but being refused treatment so it isn't even a matter of money.

It's one way of dealing with the problem of limited budgets and unlimited health problems.

Re:fp bitches! (2, Informative)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 5 years ago | (#25326137)

"socialized healthcare is great until someone has to pay for it."--what is that even supposed to mean?

It means that while a more equitable distribution of certain resources is a desirable situation, it doesn't solve the problem of providing the aforementioned resources.

Re:fp bitches! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25326069)

But that's exactly the point, $2200 a month could be a good investement if it frees a young person to work (or even better, procreate) instead of spending time looking after an elderly person. It seems likely the cost of these will go down, while the cost of human assistants will go up.
A country with less Xenophobia or more Technophobia might have elected to import cheap workers from poorer neighbouring countries, instead. I'm honestly not sure what my country will end up doing when it hits this problem in a couple of decades, but I'm glad we have Japan going ahead of us. :)

Re:fp bitches! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25326035)

Excellent

Re:fp bitches! (1)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 5 years ago | (#25326187)

Exactly. I love how the makers of this crap try to say it's for the elderly and disabled.

they tout the "we're working for humanity" line when they in reality are simply making something that rich geeks will buy/rent at insane prices.

anyone know any decrepit elderly that have a huge disposable income that wants to become Mecca-Shiva?

Bzzt. Movie reference overload (5, Funny)

Kjella (173770) | more than 5 years ago | (#25324937)

Cyberdyne, a new company in Tsukuba outside Tokyo, will mass-produce HAL.

Cyberdyne [wikipedia.org] ? Will produce HAL [wikipedia.org] ? Outlook not so good.

Re:Bzzt. Movie reference overload (2, Funny)

Elldallan (901501) | more than 5 years ago | (#25325113)

I wonder how long it takes for them to announce their new cloud computing interface conveniently named Skynet [wikipedia.org]
or perhaps their Cylon [wikipedia.org] line of robotic factory workers.

Re:Bzzt. Movie reference overload (2, Funny)

hellop2 (1271166) | more than 5 years ago | (#25325663)

"Outlook not so good."

Hey, what's with all the Microsoft bashing?

Re:Bzzt. Movie reference overload (1)

I'm not really here (1304615) | more than 5 years ago | (#25326423)

They're just called it that (and named their company that) for the free publicity it will bring.

Re:Bzzt. Movie reference overload (1)

relguj9 (1313593) | more than 5 years ago | (#25326615)

Obviously, but it's still an awesome name lol.

Re:Bzzt. Movie reference overload (1)

relguj9 (1313593) | more than 5 years ago | (#25326599)

As long as they don't start the development of Skynet, I think we're safe.

Re:Bzzt. Movie reference overload (1)

g0es (614709) | more than 5 years ago | (#25326679)

The minute i saw HAL i thought of HAL 9000 and thought, that's unfortunate. $2,200 a month is steep, but my guess the price will come down, and add government assistance it might be with in the range of some.

What about ./ers (2, Funny)

kamikazearun (1282408) | more than 5 years ago | (#25324941)

and _their_ "mobility problems"?

Re:What about ./ers (4, Funny)

Kjella (173770) | more than 5 years ago | (#25324957)

What about ./ers and _their_ "mobility problems"?

Just a myth. We just don't want to leave the basement.

Re:What about ./ers (3, Funny)

kamikazearun (1282408) | more than 5 years ago | (#25325089)

What about ./ers and _their_ "mobility problems"?

Just a myth. We just don't want to leave the basement.

Clever. Clever. I notice how you say "the basement" suggesting there's a chance that said basement might actually belong to you.

Re:What about ./ers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25325445)

Given the brain signals of the average /.er a robotic limb would be overkill and probably rather unhygenic.

Cyberdyne? (3, Funny)

ameline (771895) | more than 5 years ago | (#25324979)

Anyone remember what happened the last time we let Cyberdyne make anything remotely robotic? :-)

Re:Cyberdyne? (1)

Exanon (1277926) | more than 5 years ago | (#25325021)

I, for one, welcome our new elderly robotic overlords.

Re:Cyberdyne? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25326127)

I, for one, welcome our new elderly robotic overlords.

I can totally see a Simpsons or South Park episode coming out of this

Re:Cyberdyne? (1)

houghi (78078) | more than 5 years ago | (#25325567)

Summer Glau, is that you?

Re:Cyberdyne? (3, Insightful)

thermian (1267986) | more than 5 years ago | (#25325601)

Summer Glau, is that you?

If all robots looked like her, I'd be the first in the queue for robotic domination...

It's only a matter of time... (5, Funny)

dexmachina (1341273) | more than 5 years ago | (#25324989)

"Why's this damn thing taking me to the ledge. Stop! Hey! Stop it!" "I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that..."

Mod Points (1)

justinlee37 (993373) | more than 5 years ago | (#25325191)

God, if only I had them! I rofl'd.

Varitechs for the elderly (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25325007)

Sounds pretty cool at first, but I'm not sure I like the idea of the elderly zipping around on Cyclones. Please don't equip them with the missile racks or cloaking devices.

Sounds cool (3, Funny)

oodaloop (1229816) | more than 5 years ago | (#25325013)

What weapon systems come with it? I didn't see any listed, but I'd have to assume it at least has flamethrowers or some sort of rockets.

Re:Sounds cool (0, Troll)

RuBLed (995686) | more than 5 years ago | (#25325057)

Mettalic Tentacles.

Re:Sounds cool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25325675)

a troll? seems like a spelling nazi got mod points.

Re:Sounds cool (2, Funny)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 5 years ago | (#25326113)

... or it's a dyslexic prude who thought it meant iron balls.

Re:Sounds cool (1)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 5 years ago | (#25326227)

two shoulder mounted plasma guns, a rocket pod on the left shoulder, 50cal machine guns in the right wrist.

problem is there are no JATOL rockets in the back for flying over buildings.

I just want one to cover in green latex and run around town screaming "HULK SMASH! small blonde in bug SUV driving like idiot anger hulk!"

Re:Sounds cool (1)

ebh (116526) | more than 5 years ago | (#25326653)

Phased plasma rifle in the 40W range.

Obligatory response: (1)

ThomsonsPier (988872) | more than 5 years ago | (#25326765)

Heh, just what you see, pal.

Hrmm (1)

acehole (174372) | more than 5 years ago | (#25325039)

I think the article missed the feature where the wearer powers up, screaming while an animated background appears.

insurance, I'm going t0 need it! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25325149)

can I get insuraNCE on this thing. I'm going to need it.

Lies (4, Informative)

Onaga (1369777) | more than 5 years ago | (#25325159)

It isn't really reading brain signals. From the own company's website, they say the system detects signals on the surface of the skin (of what is intended to be moved). That is why they demonstrate it with partially paralyzed people. If the spinal column cannot relay any signal at all to the legs, then the system cannot work.

Now available !!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25325171)

Iron Man Mark I now available to the general public.

Hack (1)

clarkkent09 (1104833) | more than 5 years ago | (#25325211)

So can these things be hacked, say to increase the response speed by a factor of 10? It would either kill your granny in the most hilarious way or else it would make her into a superhero. Either way a great video on youtube.

but does it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25325231)

come in a pink Yumiko Shaku edition?

great to see this invention! (1)

paniq (833972) | more than 5 years ago | (#25325233)

so that means when i'm old, i get to have one of these probotector suits? after all i'm close to death then, with nothing to lose. that will be so much fun stomping brats and pesky dogs.

seriously, i would make sure these suits can't do much damage. when i was a kid, an old guy punched me in the stomach while i passed him running in the train. guess how that might have turned out if he had one of these battlemechs.

My God (1)

BigBadBus (653823) | more than 5 years ago | (#25325243)

Bad memories of Exo Man are flooding into my brain...

Startup commands. (4, Funny)

GrpA (691294) | more than 5 years ago | (#25325295)

I hear that the first beta testers are annoyed that to bootstrap the suit, they have to stand in a spread-eagle configuration and yell out "Power Extreme!"

GrpA

obligatory! (sorry, I could not help it) (4, Funny)

apodyopsis (1048476) | more than 5 years ago | (#25325459)

"Stop them Gromit! They're the wrong trousers and they've gone all wrong!"

My favorite mechanical trouser mayhem.

From one of my favorite short films ever!

Though I have no idea how well known it is out of the UK.

Now if only I could find my copy of 'Electronics for Dogs'.

Re:obligatory! (sorry, I could not help it) (1)

ebh (116526) | more than 5 years ago | (#25326673)

Aardman not known in the States? Are you kidding?

Fresh MEAT!

Evil overlords prevail! (1)

fi1th (1090847) | more than 5 years ago | (#25325643)

All your elderly are belong to me! (N.B read 'me' as 'Japanese company')

That's all well and good, but.... (2, Funny)

Temtongkek (975742) | more than 5 years ago | (#25325781)

..until I have a lightweight, flexible, ultra-thin suit capable of delivering awesomeness, babe-magnetic badassery and courage enough to socialize, like this [funnystuffblog.com] , I'm simply not interested.

America (1)

Friendly Pyro (1360639) | more than 5 years ago | (#25326145)

America just learned how to make a near successful robot arm and Japan's got a full suit?

Where have we seen this before? (1)

Generic Guy (678542) | more than 5 years ago | (#25326295)

I'm surprised that nobody has yet mentioned Roujin Z [wikipedia.org] . Written by the same guy from Akira fame, its basically a very advanced hospital bed run amok.

Hint: The internal logic is really a weapons platform!

I, for one, welcome our new robotic geriatric overlords!

Japanese robotic suit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25326387)

Does it come with cat ears and some tentacles?

Elderly 209 (4, Funny)

Zaphod-AVA (471116) | more than 5 years ago | (#25326397)

[ED 209] You have twenty seconds to get off my lawn. [/ED 209]

Damn! (1)

chord.wav (599850) | more than 5 years ago | (#25326613)

I want to be japanese when I grow up!

One Step Closer... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25326727)

The thing I notice is how close in size the HAL is to leg bones. And it already reads brain signals? We're one step closer to having bionic limbs, excellent.

Big Suit? (1)

Dripdry (1062282) | more than 5 years ago | (#25326757)

Oh wow! David Byrne is going to love this!

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