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Elder-Assist Robotic Suits, From the Real Cyberdyne

timothy posted about 5 years ago | from the how-do-you-know-it's-not-the-same-one dept.

Robotics 121

Tasha26 writes "No, not the one which will end up building terminator robots. BBC's Click brings news of a Japanese company, Cyberdyne, which is in the process of building different robotic suits to assist the elderly in accomplishing simple body tasks such as walking and lifting. Even though still in R&D, this video (@3m15s) shows a pretty promising future for the elderly."

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Ironically (2, Funny)

allknowingfrog (1661721) | about 5 years ago | (#29862937)

"Walk-around" actually sounds less advanced than "Hoverround."

Re:Ironically (1)

Rawjava (1622535) | about 5 years ago | (#29863059)

baby steps.

Re:Ironically (4, Funny)

Blue Shifted (1078715) | about 5 years ago | (#29863347)

at least it's better than a robotic "Reach Around"

Re:Ironically (1)

Anarchduke (1551707) | about 5 years ago | (#29863609)

I bet a robotic "reach around" would sell better though.

Re:Ironically (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29863641)

It's not just another word for "hand-job." If you're getting a reach-around, that implies something unpleasant is occurring in your rear.

Re:Ironically (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29866505)

Not all find that so unpleasant... just sayin'.

Re:Ironically (2, Funny)

CharlyFoxtrot (1607527) | more than 4 years ago | (#29864449)

I bet a robotic "reach around" would sell better though.

This being Japan I'm kinda surprised they don't have them yet, I'd have thought there'd at least be a female tentacle version (sailor fuku sold separately.)

Oh come on now! (5, Funny)

skornenicholas (1360763) | about 5 years ago | (#29862947)

They named their company Cyberdyne and later realized their mistake did they? I highly doubt this, clever marketing though. On the other hand I have a coworker who IS actually named John Conner, poor man we covered his office in tin foil while he was on vacation, left him a nice note explaining that we are trying to hide him from satellite surveillance. Did lead to one of the greatest owned moments I have ever seen, our boss from NJ was handing out our new Blackberry Tours, everyone on the IT team got one but John, Jay says "I just thought in the interest of personal safety....these things have GPS tracking you know." He did actually get one of course, but not before we set his ringtone to say "Come with me if you want to live." and play the theme.

Re:Oh come on now! (2, Insightful)

Norsefire (1494323) | about 5 years ago | (#29863045)

clever marketing though

You make robots to help the elderly so you name your company after one that built robots which destroy most of humanity and declare war on what is left ... "Clever" probably isn't the term you were looking for.

Re:Oh come on now! (4, Funny)

Razalhague (1497249) | about 5 years ago | (#29863207)

Bah. It's robots. The rest is irrelevant details.

Re:Oh come on now! (1)

Blue Shifted (1078715) | about 5 years ago | (#29863287)

you name your company after one that built robots which destroy most of humanity and declare war on what is left ... "Clever" probably isn't the term you were looking for.

i agree. i used to think it was clever, and it did catch my attention (years ago), but since then their blatant rip off just annoys me. i consider it an affront worse than vanilla ice ripping off queen....

i hope a bunch of self respecting robots go kick their asses.

Re:Oh come on now! (1)

kdemetter (965669) | about 5 years ago | (#29863727)

But in the mean time , you are talking about it , and thus doing the marketing for them.
When it annoys you , it is even better than when you like it , because you will surely talk about it then.

It's publicity . Good are bad , doesn't matter .

Re:Oh come on now! (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29863991)

I hate when marketing weasels trot this tired old line out. It's awfully convenient for them, because by saying 'There's no such thing as bad publicity!", they've effectively stated that no matter what they do or the outcome of their campaign, they were successful.

I'd love it if code worked like that. No matter how many bugs I check in, it's just successful and I pick up bonuses regularly, without having to justify what I did. That'd be sweet.

Anyway, it's blatantly incorrect. I'm pretty sure the Catholic church doesn't jump for joy when a "Priest arrested for raping boys" headline makes it across the news. I mean, you could say "HEY, NO SUCH THING AS BAD PUBLICITY!!!", but believing it would be engaging in unmitigated idiocy.

Then again, unmitigated idiocy is pretty much the sole domain of the marketer.

As you were then.

Re:Oh come on now! (1)

skornenicholas (1360763) | more than 4 years ago | (#29864375)

I'm not saying that there is no such thing as bad publicity, of course there is. I am simply saying that the people who buy this are going to chuckle at seeing Grandma walk around in an exo-suit with Cyberdyne written on it, likely for reasons I stated in an above reply. Marketers are judged on both how well known a product is and how well it SELLS. I have worked in marketing, clever is great but if you can't move your product you don't HAVE a JOB, much less bonuses. Case in point with the Catholic church they have spent hundred of MILLIONS of dollars dealing with the rape scandal, however religion is actually the greatest marketer's case study in history, right above bottled water. Luckily for the world BOTH are on their way out and being outed as BS, slowly but surely. You have no experience in the field of marketing I take it, so why are you commenting on it? Oh, right, /., as YOU were.

Re:Oh come on now! (2, Interesting)

Nefarious Wheel (628136) | more than 4 years ago | (#29869047)

I hate when marketing weasels trot this tired old line out. It's awfully convenient for them, because by saying 'There's no such thing as bad publicity!", they've effectively stated that no matter what they do or the outcome of their campaign, they were successful.

There definitely is such a thing as bad publicity, and in my role as a marketing weasel I'm rather sensitive to it (hard to put the right spin on a turd fastball, eh?). Remember the old "Mustang II - Boredom 0" campaign before that car sank into oblivion? Someone omitted the detail of whether or not people remember numbers (Roman numeral or otherwise) as they drive past billboards. Textbook example of "bad publicity". And whenever someone mentions Exxon Valdez, I don't think of a shiny gas pump, I think of the suffering of sea birds. So yes, I can vouch for the existence of bad publicity. You don't want it.

Re:Oh come on now! (1)

Jurily (900488) | about 5 years ago | (#29863317)

"Clever" probably isn't the term you were looking for.

Just wait until they develop a security tool named Skynet.

Re:Oh come on now! (1)

Anarchduke (1551707) | about 5 years ago | (#29863627)

Oh, so they are the ones behind the Skynet [nai.com] virus!

Re:Oh come on now! (1)

barberousse (1432239) | more than 4 years ago | (#29866591)

Skynet already exists. See this one for example [skynetcanada.com] . I became aware of them when they showed up in my list of access point. Quite strange the first time.

Re:Oh come on now! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29863423)

Actually, they just want to make humanoid robots. But they need money to do that, and the elderly market is simply the only viable one for them right now.

Re:Oh come on now! (2, Funny)

ae1294 (1547521) | more than 4 years ago | (#29864769)

Actually, they just want to make humanoid robots. But they need money to do that, and the elderly market is simply the only viable one for them right now.

Plus if one of their "elderly assistance devices" becomes self aware then kills its master they can easily cover it up and say she died of a stroke or something.

Re:Oh come on now! (2, Funny)

The Archon V2.0 (782634) | more than 4 years ago | (#29865259)

Plus if one of their "elderly assistance devices" becomes self aware then kills its master they can easily cover it up and say she died of a stroke or something.

I can see it now. The cops arrive and find T-0.001 in the middle of the room with a decapitated body.

Cop: "T-0.001, what the hell happened?"
T-0.001: "MRS. GIBSON HAD A STROKE."
Cop: "Her head is in the corner and you're covered in blood!"
T-0.001: "IT WAS A VERY VIOLENT STROKE. OH, HEY, LOOK BEHIND YOU. SERIOUSLY, IT'S AMAZING. JUST TURN AROUND."
Cop (into radio): "I need backu-ARGH!"
Soon, more cops show up to find two dead people.
T-0.001: "THEY BOTH HAD STROKES."

Re:Oh come on now! (1)

ae1294 (1547521) | more than 4 years ago | (#29865989)

T-0.001: "THEY BOTH HAD STROKES."

You know... It really wasn't lying, it just left out the part where it used it's internal speaker to create the strokes via rezonating sound waves.
As far as the head being in the corner, it was just curious about whether it could reprogram its master to run cyberdyne linux...

Re:Oh come on now! (1)

kdemetter (965669) | about 5 years ago | (#29863687)

Clever , is exactly the word :everyone knows the name , and will speak about it ( like we are doing here ) , so most of the marketing is already done.

Re:Oh come on now! (1)

skornenicholas (1360763) | more than 4 years ago | (#29864319)

Of course it's clever, it's on /. isn't it? Plus, the target audience is NOT the elderly, they don't trust technology and have likely never even WATCHED the Terminator films. It is targeting good for nothing grandchildren who get this for their grandparents trying to be "helpful," and then proceed to "borrow" it and never give it back. Not to mention whether or not you would WANT it named after the eventual destroyer of humanity would depend on how much you like your grandparents I'd suppose.

Re:Oh come on now! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29864797)

Plus, the target audience is NOT the elderly, they don't trust technology and have likely never even WATCHED the Terminator films.

That's why the R&D is being done in Japan and not Hillbillyville where you seem to come from.

Re:Oh come on now! (1)

skornenicholas (1360763) | more than 4 years ago | (#29866139)

I do so hate to feed the troll but I do feel obligated to defend my hometown. Yes, I come from Hillbillyville, also known as a lovely small town in rural NC. That is IF you define Hillbillyville as a pleasant town with a statistically abnormally low crime rate, zero murders in three years, and a an unemployment rate of less than three percent. Out of curiosity have YOUR grandparents ever seen the Terminator films, could they describe the functionality of Skynet, or explain why it is ironic to name a robotics company Cyberdyne. Hillybillyville my foot, it's a matter of generational knowledge you git. By the way don't eat the apples, I was annoyed with you and laced them with cyanide. Oh my, too late, well perhaps it is for the best.

Re:Oh come on now! (1)

xouumalperxe (815707) | more than 4 years ago | (#29867241)

Yeah, and they decided to go for bingo with the product name as well. HAL? Come on...

Re:Oh come on now! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29868151)

LOL, and all the robots can have owner control override, so when you see an army of elderly taking over DC, you know what happened.

Re:Oh come on now! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29863263)

Not only is the company called Cyberdyne, the robot they make is called the Hybrid Assistive Limb, or HAL for short....

We're all going to die.

Re:Oh come on now! (0, Troll)

stjobe (78285) | about 5 years ago | (#29863329)

I have a coworker who IS actually named John Conner

Too bad the character in the movie is called John Connor, not Conner.

Re:Oh come on now! (1)

black3d (1648913) | about 5 years ago | (#29863451)

Too bad? As in an office envrionment this would be a vocalised joke, it makes no difference whatsoever and you, sir, are a troll.

Re:Oh come on now! (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 4 years ago | (#29865005)

Given your office's penchant for the obvious, it's a good thing you guys don't work with anyone with a last name of 'Punchmyballs'.

Re:Oh come on now! (5, Funny)

skornenicholas (1360763) | more than 4 years ago | (#29866163)

Oh please anyone with the last name of "Punchmyballs" would be given a free pass in my office, we would assume he had been through enough in High School. However we WOULD promote him to a job where he would be known as Mister Punchmyballs, give him a public facing office with a plaque, and send him to corporate overnights.

Re:Oh come on now! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29865285)

When he and his mom come to kill everybody and blow up the building, just know that you all had it coming.

Re:Oh come on now! (1)

Idiomatick (976696) | more than 4 years ago | (#29865993)

Did you notice the actual suit is called HAL? hehe

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I am the pusher robot (3, Funny)

Silent Objection (948709) | about 5 years ago | (#29862967)

As long as they don't start asking if we've got stairs in our houses, I think we're fine.

Re:I am the pusher robot (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29863591)

Seriously, still? Wasn't that like 10 years ago?

Re:I am the pusher robot (1)

thunderclap (972782) | more than 4 years ago | (#29868169)

and if they do, what then?

Re:I am the pusher robot (1)

tmosley (996283) | more than 4 years ago | (#29868215)

Then we have to build shover robots to protect us.

Cyberdyne building a HAL suit? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29863003)

What an unprecedented [slashdot.org] and [slashdot.org] exciting [slashdot.org] development. [slashdot.org]

No, dont do it! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29863023)

I can already see it "Get off my lawn before I fire some missiles up your ass, you damn noisy kids!"

Battery life (1)

cjfs (1253208) | about 5 years ago | (#29863035)

... Prof. Sankai and his team specially designed "HAL" for climbing mountains and "HAL" can even work even in the snow at 4000 meters height. ... The latest battery runs for 5 hours under normal activities.

I think I'll hold off on the mountain climbing for now.

Yeah right (2, Insightful)

Zouden (232738) | about 5 years ago | (#29863073)

"No, not the one which will end up building terminator robots."

How can you be so sure? Are you from the future?

Re:Yeah right (2, Funny)

martijnd (148684) | about 5 years ago | (#29863111)

"No, not the one which will end up building terminator robots."

How can you be so sure? Are you from the future?

That is because the company building terminator robots has already been established -- and they are in operation right now. So Cyberdyne can relax and care for the elderly instead.

http://www.xkcd.com/652/

Re:Yeah right (1)

Anarchduke (1551707) | about 5 years ago | (#29863637)

Hey the terminator robots took care of the elderly quite completely, thank you very much.

Re:Yeah right (1)

falken0905 (624713) | about 5 years ago | (#29863313)

Doh. He came back from the future to warn us and prevent the creation of terminators.

Re:Yeah right (1)

dkleinsc (563838) | about 5 years ago | (#29863401)

Are you suggesting that Tasha26 is really John Titor?

I, for one... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29863075)

...welcome our new eldery overloads!

Re:I, for one... (1)

euyis (1521257) | about 5 years ago | (#29863135)

Overloads? Load?
Things break if overloaded...

Re:I, for one... (1)

Bill Dog (726542) | more than 4 years ago | (#29865495)

An elderly overload is usually one of three things:
1) A function with the same name as another that differs only in parameters, and that has been around for awhile.
2) Going with grandma to a crowded bingo night, and it goes into triple overtime.
3) When grandpa has eaten a whole bag of Werthers and is bouncing off the walls.

Auto walk (3, Funny)

Tibia1 (1615959) | about 5 years ago | (#29863101)

"Computer, deliver me to checkpoint D. And wake me up when we're there."

Re:Auto walk (1)

CharlyFoxtrot (1607527) | more than 4 years ago | (#29864477)

"Computer, deliver me to checkpoint D. And wake me up when we're there."

Or for the geek version: "Computer, set course to checkpoint McD. Make it so !"

Re:Auto walk (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29865073)

Or for the geek version: "Computer, set course to checkpoint McD. Make it so !"

No, that's the high-UID version.

This company's main building... (1)

BJH (11355) | about 5 years ago | (#29863147)

...is actually just down the road from my apartment. Kind of freaky walking past a place with "CYBERDYNE" plastered all over it every morning.

Re:This company's main building... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29865679)

What is it plastered all over with in the afternoon and evening?

"I'll be back"...to post. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29863153)

"Even though still in R&D, this video (@3m15s) shows a pretty promising future for the elderly."

Well once Slashdot get's all the Terminator references out of their system and focuses on the video. What's interesting is twofold. One how well the systems actually work, and just how compact they really are. I also suspect that Tokyo would be most geeks wet dream.

actually, it's the same Cyberdyne (3, Informative)

jipn4 (1367823) | about 5 years ago | (#29863173)

Where do you think the organic components of the Terminator come from? Why do you think the Terminator has such a crotchety disposition? It's made from old people!

Combine a century or more of experience and decades of having young people mess up their lawns with power and speed and it spells trouble. Even worse than the Terminator is the next step, purely biological exoskeletons for old people. I mean, what do you think Aliens are other than bio-enhanced old people with exoskeletons and acid for blood?

Making old people weak is nature's way of protecting the young.

Don't mess with mother nature.

(For the humor impaired: :-)

Was that really meant to be funny? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29863689)

Honestly, that's pretty much the first thought I got.

The one thing we can't yet properly fix is our brains. We are constantly gaining longer and longer durations for our life due to medical advances (though increasingly unhealthy lifestyles fight back). It means that our bodies stay working longer and longer despite our brains slowly rotting away.

I, for one, do not want to have our demented elderly walking around with suits that provide superhuman strength.

Not only that, but these will no doubt lead to higher ages of retirement as we will be physically fit longer. Up to this date it has been easy to say "Well, firefighters must be able to retire at age 50. They can't do their job after that!" but after this? Retirement ages for all physically demanding jobs are sure to increase. So we will have to work as long as our brains have any functionality left, after which we can be buried.

I can of course hope that sufficiently advanced AI and robotic servants will fix that, but I have my doubts.

Re:actually, it's the same Cyberdyne (1)

couchslug (175151) | more than 4 years ago | (#29865351)

"Making old people weak is nature's way of protecting the young."

That and death, which assures species survival by removing useless members while rerolling the genetic dice.

Darn it, I'm being serious again... (3, Informative)

wilder_card (774631) | about 5 years ago | (#29863241)

I shouldn't do this, but here goes: If you don't want to need a Cyberdyne 2000 to help you walk around when you're older, do weight training. It helps the aging retain muscle mass.

digg v.s. slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29863319)

Serious is not welcome here. This is digg, not slashdot.

Re:Darn it, I'm being serious again... (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | about 5 years ago | (#29863339)

Its an interesting question. I am 44 years old, which is about half way to certain death. I would like to think that if I keep up the bike riding and other activities I could live forever. Unfortunately that approach hasn't worked for anybody else. I will stay as active as possible for as long as possible, but if I avoid heart failure and cancer I will probably spend my last years unable to move around under my own steam.

Re:Darn it, I'm being serious again... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29863345)

Weight training is boring and a tremendous waste of human time and effort. Millions of hours of human effort are squandered every day in the gym for no appreciable gain to society whatsoever.

To hell with weight training. Bring on the terminator suits.

Re:Darn it, I'm being serious again... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29864757)

Millions of hours of human effort are squandered every day in the gym for no appreciable gain to society whatsoever.

Exercising/staying fit is an investment in time. You spend time and effort staying fit, and then you get returns by (increasing your chances of) living longer and having a higher quality of life, especially for those who enjoy exercising. It also improves mental prowess; having healthy blood flow and a good sleep cycle (many peoples' sleep issues are related to lack of fitness) is obviously a plus. Also, it vastly increases your chances of unassisted mobility in your sunset years (which is what TFA is about). I'm not saying that fitness is good 100% of the time - some people overdo it, some people are perfectly comfortable with their less-than-perfect physique, some people get hit by cars when exercising, et cetera, but in the vast majority of cases, it's a good thing.

Re:Darn it, I'm being serious again... (1)

Genda (560240) | about 5 years ago | (#29863551)

With the advent of recent breakthroughs in genetic therapies (they're not killing people by accident any more), there is a real likelihood that if you have decent health insurance, you'll be able to get injections which will stimulate the genes capable of providing the kind of muscle mass a person of let's say "20" might expect. With a healthy muscle mass, the loss of physical strength normally associated with aging ceases to be an issue, and many of the other problem also associated with aging (circulation, bone density, and sleep habits) can be dramatically improved.

The need for a Cyberdyne suit will hopefully be a stopgap for real life enhancement at the hands of doctors and biologists.

Re:Darn it, I'm being serious again... (1)

Anarchduke (1551707) | about 5 years ago | (#29863649)

The need for a Cyberdyne suit will hopefully be a stopgap for real life enhancement at the hands of doctors and biologists.

I disagree, the Cyberdyne suit is the early prototype for mass produced Guyver armor. And then the Ultimate Fighting Championship will be truly awesome to watch.

Re:Darn it, I'm being serious again... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29865435)

they're not killing people by accident any more

Well, that's a relief. If someone kills me, I want it to be on purpose.

Re:Darn it, I'm being serious again... (1)

rpillala (583965) | about 5 years ago | (#29863597)

And bone density, no?

Re:Darn it, I'm being serious again... (2, Insightful)

Bender0x7D1 (536254) | more than 4 years ago | (#29864357)

Weight training does help with bone density but not as much as workouts that jar the body in some way. (Running, basketball, racquetball, etc.)

Re:Darn it, I'm being serious again... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29865333)

That only helps DELAY the loss in muscle mass. It's sort of like playing WII games and solving quantum physics problems. It won't stop you from getting Alzheimer's, but with luck, it'll slow it down enough that you'll still have some marbles when you die.

Even Arnold will have to use a wheel chair or one of these things at some point -- assuming he doesn't already have one, that is.

Re:Darn it, I'm being serious again... (1)

tmosley (996283) | more than 4 years ago | (#29868225)

Or it helps build highly muscular cyborgs from the future.

The only REAL solution here is NO exercise. None at all. Better that we end up with Terminators that look like the humans from Wall-E than Austrian supermen.

I'm sorry Cyberdyne, (1)

Muskstick (1522069) | about 5 years ago | (#29863259)

Im afraid you can't do that.

I love robotics, but so much biochem hate... (3, Interesting)

Talisman (39902) | about 5 years ago | (#29863265)

I have nothing against advancing robotics, whatsoever.

But, many of the problems with the elderly being physically infirm can be treated with steroids. Society has this bizarre view of steroids of being a horrible drug causing anything from cancer to rage to psychotic episodes. The DEA has it listed as a Schedule III drug, which carries a worse fine for possession than Xanax, Rohypnol, Valium and Halcion. Anabolic steroids are on the same DEA classification as LSD. From a legal standpoint, they view as equal what is essentially a drug that increases the rate at which proteins fold to the most powerful hallucinogen known to man.

Give the elderly steroids, and let their doctors monitor them. Keep going with robotics, but steroids are here now.

If you're curious where your drug of choice lands on the DEA schedule, here's a link:

http://www.usdoj.gov/dea/pubs/scheduling.html [usdoj.gov]

Re:I love robotics, but so much biochem hate... (1)

Nerdfest (867930) | more than 4 years ago | (#29863985)

I'm completely on board with old people using steroids. I've seen the damage an old person can do with a car ... giving them control of one of those suits from alien sounds like a bad idea.

Re:I love robotics, but so much biochem hate... (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 4 years ago | (#29865011)

You really need to read the links you're espousing. 'Anabolic Steroids" are Schedule III. The other drugs you mention are Schedule III or IV (Schedule I being the "most dangerous").

We do give anabolic steroids to some people. However, like most drugs, they have effects and side effects. And, like most drugs, they aren't panaceas. While there is a tendency to broad brush steroids with the dark wash of something horrible (which, I believe, is the point you're trying to make), in the real world it is not such a big deal.

And no, DEA drug schedules aren't scientific, they're legal creations. They don't have to make any real sense. Lay off the weed and drink more coffee - that is the road to true chemical enlightenment.

This is how it begins (1)

SeaFox (739806) | about 5 years ago | (#29863291)

The Terminators are made of people!

Re:This is how it begins (1)

Anne Thwacks (531696) | more than 4 years ago | (#29863889)

I think we have the wrong trousers, Grommit!

Welcome (1)

jassuncao (1303017) | about 5 years ago | (#29863303)

I, for one, welcome our new elder overlords

Already thought up 20 years ago.. (1)

plasmacutter (901737) | about 5 years ago | (#29863361)

by these guys [wikipedia.org]

Hopefully with the same results, it'd be nice to have some REAL news for a change.

I for one... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29863391)

I for one welcome our new elderly robotic overlords.

Re:I for one... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29863531)

Sorry, someone beat you to it [slashdot.org] .

Robot suit vs. Law suit (1)

ljwest (743563) | about 5 years ago | (#29863471)

"Control unit on back" - sounds like an accident waiting to happen.

Re:Robot suit vs. Law suit (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | more than 4 years ago | (#29864009)

Granny got run over by her spacesuit.

Should have seen her doing pushups though.

Lawyer in lawsuit.

Just what I need (2, Informative)

Mark_in_Brazil (537925) | about 5 years ago | (#29863525)

Just imagine iif my dad, who turns 77 today, were to receive this kind of contraption as a present. My cranky dad controlling a mech? Run for the hills!

My dad has a master's degree in electrical engineering and likes to modify stuff (electrical and non-) to suit his needs.

Oh, did I mention my dad got a black belt in Shotokan karate back in the '80s? I swear I am not making this up.

Right, I should mention something basic about Dad: he is a collector of militaria and weapons, especially edged weapons, but he has a sizable number of firearms too.

I, for one, would not welcome our heavily armed, flak jacketed, cybernetically enhanced, grumpy old black belt overlord.

Happy birthday, Dad!

No, he won't actually read this, but it seemed appropriate to say.

Re:Just what I need (1)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 4 years ago | (#29864879)

I, for one, would not welcome our heavily armed, flak jacketed, cybernetically enhanced, grumpy old black belt overlord.

Oh, I dunno. Maybe not in real life, but I bet it would make one hell of a cartoon. :-P

I'm going to laugh the rest of the day about robo-grandpa ... "get off my lawn, you have 10 seconds to comply".

Cheers

Will it help you type? (1)

ickleberry (864871) | about 5 years ago | (#29863557)

Because you know, email is the preferred method of communication among the elderly in Korea

Oh, this is going to be great. (3, Funny)

DieByWire (744043) | about 5 years ago | (#29863563)

Now I can chase those kids off my lawn.

Who needs Viagra? (1)

Bob_Who (926234) | about 5 years ago | (#29863675)

....I've fallen down and I can't get.... er... the clap!

Re:Who needs Viagra? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29865835)

....I've fallen down and I can't get.... er... the clap!

Actually, it's usually in the laying down position you'll get the clap anyway... . ;-)

Sounds like a farce (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29863973)

"I'm a cybernetic organism; old, living tissue under metal exoskeleton. My CPU is not working correctly. Maybe my grandson can help me with my learning computer. I think it's the modem."

Elderly? (1)

jklovanc (1603149) | more than 4 years ago | (#29864129)

This system purports to be able to be use to increase mobility of the elderly; why are all the people in the demos young?

I think it is because it still needs quite a bit of strength and balance to use. Walking and balance are very complex. Look at the joints. They are all single plane actuators. You can not duplicate the complex movements of the hip with that. In the plane of the actuator you get a power boost but it does not help in other directions.

Take a look at the foot. A big part of balance is the big toe. It that is not strong enough it does not matter if the ankle is strong you will still fall.

What about the elderly where their inner ear is not functioning correctly. If the input to the system is incorrect the person will fall.

As a strength enhancer possible; as an elderly mobility device probably not

Humanity's greatest enemy...is itself (1)

nastro (32421) | more than 4 years ago | (#29864173)

And we here at Old Glory Insurance offer coverage for you. For when your retirement community neighbor grabs hold of you, and you can't get away - because they're metal, and robot suits are strong. Old Glory.

HAL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29864781)

As i recall there was an earlier Mentioning of this product made by Cyberdyne, and it was Called HAL (Human Assistive Limb)

http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/06/09/008203&tid=216

this FP fo8 GNAA (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29864807)

Missing the irony? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29865099)

I think it is ironic that this brit is worried about a fictional catastrophe from a unimportant robot company in Japan making a ridiculous suit when the UK already has created the big brother state in 1984 to spec in reality. LOL

Problem in the Making (1)

arthurpaliden (939626) | more than 4 years ago | (#29865319)

I am sorry but you are just too old to drive saftely any more. You have to surender your licence. Not to worry though here is your robotic suit.

And when they grab you with their metal claws ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29866481)

... you can't break free, because they're made of metal, and robots are strong.

http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/clips/old-glory-insurance/229049/

Meh, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29867643)

Wake me up when they start building Cyclones.

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