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Robotic Suit Gives Shipyard Workers Super Strength

samzenpus posted about 3 months ago | from the power-up dept.

Technology 125

An anonymous reader writes Ship-builders Daewoo have been testing robotic exoskeletons in South Korean shipyards that provide the wearer with super-human strength. From the article: "The exoskeleton fits anyone between 160 and 185 centimetres tall. Workers do not feel the weight of its 28-kilogram frame of carbon, aluminium alloy and steel, as the suit supports itself and is engineered to follow the wearer's movements. With a 3-hour battery life, the exoskeleton allows users to walk at a normal pace and, in its prototype form, it can lift objects with a mass of up to 30 kilograms."

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How do you say... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47602701)

..."Get away from her, you bitch" in Korean?

Re:How do you say... (3, Funny)

mythosaz (572040) | about 3 months ago | (#47602833)

geunyeo hanteseo tteol-eojyeo, dangsin-eun nappeun!

I'm only posting this so that someone corrects me.

Re:How do you say... (5, Informative)

Spy Handler (822350) | about 3 months ago | (#47603023)

"geunyeo hanteseo tteol-eojyeo" - "Get away from her" --> This is correct.

"dangsin-eun nappeun!" - this is wrong, it means "You are a bad person" and it's in the polite form even.

"Geh sek ki ya" would be more appropriate, it's a commonly used expletive meaning "dog offspring".

Re:How do you say... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47602859)

Am I the only one who read 'Robotic Slut Gives Shipyard Workers Super Strength'?

Re:How do you say... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47603169)

Am I the only one who read 'Robotic Slut Gives Shipyard Workers Super Strength'?

No, but apparently you are not up on your 80's-90's Si-Fi films. How old are you anyway? Git off my LAWN you newbie!

Re:How do you say... (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about 3 months ago | (#47603351)

I thought you were supposed to gain super-strength by using your arms for this? But be careful to switch arms from time to time, or your strength will be unbalanced.

Only geeks... (5, Insightful)

funwithBSD (245349) | about 3 months ago | (#47602711)

would consider lifting 30Kg to be superhuman.

Re:Only geeks... (5, Insightful)

MozeeToby (1163751) | about 3 months ago | (#47602739)

Now go out and lift it once per minute for 3 hours and see how you feel.

Re:Only geeks... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47602849)

You get to sweating a bit, and I doubt it's good for your back in the long run, but its certainly doable

(I used to work in a freight terminal - we would load 2 or 3 trucks with 20-30 Kg packages over a 2 hour period.. and none of us were 'buff' by any stretch of the imagination).

Re:Only geeks... (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47602935)

I used to work in a freight terminal - we would load 2 or 3 trucks with 20-30 Kg packages over a 2 hour period.. and none of us were 'buff' by any stretch of the imagination

That's great! With this thing, however, you reduce staff loads. One trained worker could do an 8 hour shift, without stress and with (possibly) lower risk of injury, just by switching out batteries every few hour. Beats having to properly train four men to do the work and losing workers to strain injuries. If this is cost effective, who knows. Also, this is the prototype. I would assume they are interested in higher powered systems for the production system.

So what I'm curious to see is how people handle moving with heavy weights, without feeling the heavy weights. Spinning around could be potentially dangerous, and dropping items could be devastating if someone were to forget the true weight of the item they held.

Re:Only geeks... (1)

Aereus (1042228) | about 3 months ago | (#47603077)

How is that any different than swinging a load around with a crane? People will just have to be careful and realize the suits can be dangerous if misused.

Re:Only geeks... (1)

Quirkz (1206400) | about 3 months ago | (#47603281)

Ironically, the batteries weigh 40kg, and cannot be lifted by robots or humans.

(I know, 40kg isn't actually unliftable by humans.)

Re:Only geeks... (2)

FatdogHaiku (978357) | about 3 months ago | (#47604439)

So what I'm curious to see is how people handle moving with heavy weights, without feeling the heavy weights. Spinning around could be potentially dangerous, and dropping items could be devastating if someone were to forget the true weight of the item they held.

Now let's all say it together...:
We can work all that out in the software!
Note to testing and QC departments:
We will not be standing nearby while we work this out in software...

Re:Only geeks... (1)

AutodidactLabrat (3506801) | about 3 months ago | (#47604559)

...I would assume they are interested in higher powered systems for the production system....

30 Kg is 66 lbs, yes? That isn't even workout range for most men under 50 who are in decent, not great, just decent shape
So, say you, they will just get a higher capacity suit...which will weigh more, burn through batteries, spend more downtime on the joints or have much heavier joints.
Lot of vaporware in business, LOTs
and honestly, this sounds like vaporware with a mock-up.

Re:Only geeks... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47605529)

Your comments could be applied to nearly every technological advance in history. If everyone saw something new and said "yeah, but it's not perfect" and gave up, where would we be?

It's a trial. The good stuff is coming, it's not here yet. These little steps are required, and yeah, early adopters quite often get a raw deal, but they pave the way for the rest of us.

Re:Only geeks... (1)

gmhowell (26755) | about 3 months ago | (#47606085)

You get to sweating a bit, and I doubt it's good for your back in the long run, but its certainly doable

(I used to work in a freight terminal - we would load 2 or 3 trucks with 20-30 Kg packages over a 2 hour period.. and none of us were 'buff' by any stretch of the imagination).

Yeah, but how were John Henry and the steam drill doing the next morning?

Re:Only geeks... (2)

Anubis IV (1279820) | about 3 months ago | (#47603013)

So, move 180 65lbs bags from point A to point B in 3 hours? That's not too hard, even for those of us who are quite out of shape. Why, just last week, my boss, who is about as out of shape as I am (and is also a geek), mixed and poured the foundation for a shed in his backyard with only his elderly father-in-law to help. Because of the sloping terrain and city codes regarding minimum foundation thicknesses, it ended up taking 96 80lbs bags. My boss was a bit tired come Monday morning, but otherwise seemed to get by just fine.

That said, he only had to do it for one day. I get where you're coming from, that if you were having to do it at length, it would be an issue. I just think you could have chosen a better time frame than 3 hours. Maybe "all day, everyday" instead, ya know?

Re:Only geeks... (1)

rogoshen1 (2922505) | about 3 months ago | (#47603043)

sheds.. have to live up to building codes, including a foundation? man. that's awful.

Re:Only geeks... (1)

Anubis IV (1279820) | about 3 months ago | (#47603087)

I think there's a different set of codes that apply to them than normal building codes, but yup, there were some codes applying to backyard sheds. Even when cities don't have codes in place, it's not uncommon for HOAs to put restrictions on their location, appearance, and construction.

Re:Only geeks... (2)

LoRdTAW (99712) | about 3 months ago | (#47603391)

Yup. I know that on Long Island in Suffolk counties town of Babylon anything with a footprint bigger than 10x10 feet is needs a concrete foundation. That concrete foundation is now a permanent structure which requires a permit and tax revaluation. So keep it small and you won't be bothered. That or live in NYC where most people don't give a damn and build whatever. Let the next homeowner worry who is probably a developer looking to knock it down and put in a 6 family with no parking anyway.

Re:Only geeks... (1)

gmhowell (26755) | about 3 months ago | (#47606089)

'shed' covers a lot of ground, linguistically.

Re:Only geeks... (2)

jcoy42 (412359) | about 3 months ago | (#47603233)

Because of the sloping terrain and city codes regarding minimum foundation thicknesses, it ended up taking 96 80lbs bags

96 80lb bags would only cover 115 square feet at 6". And if it's a slope, it would have to be smaller than 10x10. Where do you live where they have building requirements for such a small shed? In AZ, you don't have to care at all until you go over 200 square feet.

Re:Only geeks... (1)

Anubis IV (1279820) | about 3 months ago | (#47603267)

He's in College Station, TX. I believe it was a 9x9, with it being 4" at its thinnest, 8" or so at its thickest, if I remember what he said correctly. It's possible he applied codes that weren't necessary, I suppose, since I admittedly haven't looked into the codes myself, and am merely repeating what I heard from him.

Re:Only geeks... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47603541)

I just think you could have chosen a better time frame than 3 hours. Maybe "all day, everyday" instead, ya know?

Uphill, both ways.

Re:Only geeks... (2)

swillden (191260) | about 3 months ago | (#47604381)

I just think you could have chosen a better time frame than 3 hours.

Well, after three hours the suit battery is dead.

Re:Only geeks... (1)

Anubis IV (1279820) | about 3 months ago | (#47604429)

Oh, ha, yeah, missed that part. Good point.

Re:Only geeks... (1)

Ichijo (607641) | about 3 months ago | (#47603051)

once per minute for 3 hours

[citation needed]

Re:Only geeks... (1)

Khyber (864651) | about 3 months ago | (#47603381)

Once per minute? Try twice per minute, working boxes of olive oil, for a twelve hour shift.

I'm 180cm ~70 kilograms and can do it all day with lumbosacral arthritis, a rebuilt wrist, and half of my right leg replaced internally. What's your excuse?

Re:Only geeks... (2)

rahvin112 (446269) | about 3 months ago | (#47604011)

Are you kidding? The people that tie steel for a living are lifting more than 50lbs at a time for 8 hours a day 5 days a week. I'd bet better than 10% of our populations is constantly lifting and moving that kind of weight around pretty much continuously for their entire career.

What are you, a basement dwelling virgin who can barely lift 10lbs?

The only time 50 or even 100lbs should be a problem is if the shape is awkward (too long and wide, etc), the edges are sharp or the center of mass and shape make it awkward to hold (such as requiring that you hold the weight with your fingers rather than your arms). All but the sharp edges are usually neutralized by getting multiple people to move it. Now you start talking 100+ pounds in either dense or awkard shapes and this could be very helpful but 75lbs is nothing.

Look ma, no hands? (2)

aNonnyMouseCowered (2693969) | about 3 months ago | (#47604157)

Take a good look at the photo that accompanies the linked article:

http://www.newscientist.com/da... [newscientist.com]

There's clearly no support for the hands. The thumbs of the worker modeling the exoskeleton are clearly visible above the presumably heavy metal object that's actually being lifted by a a crane-like contraption that loops over his shoulders. The worker is only using his hands to stabilize the object.

Power suit this isn't. So no Ironman here yet.

Re:Only geeks... (1)

delusrexpert (578176) | about 3 months ago | (#47604811)

I do all day long Im a tiler who maily works with stone.

Re:Only geeks... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47605267)

Now go out and lift it once per minute for 3 hours and see how you feel.

I've worked packing boxes of fruit and veg from bulk DC for stores. Box weights from 5 to 50kg moving an average of 2 1/2 tonnes per hour. Shifts last 5 to 10 hours. Aside from the need to eat well it isn't that hard.

Re:Only geeks... (1)

Anne Thwacks (531696) | about 3 months ago | (#47605307)

You have obviously never done multi-drop deliveries.

Re:Only geeks... (1)

vlad30 (44644) | about 3 months ago | (#47605575)

Now go out and lift it once per minute for 3 hours and see how you feel.

True however family business is construction a little experience here

aside from OHS concerns where everything comes in maximum 20Kg packages (Australian OHS rules noticed some stuff from the US is 25Kg) 25 years ago most of these packages came in 40Kg particularly cement

moving 20-40Kg at a time with a little practice and the right food you can do this all day and you won't like like a steroid taking gym junkie which BTW are useless at this kind of work

What I can see this helping with if they do get it to lift 100Kg or this awkward/hazardous items where 20Kg even unbalanced can be very difficult to manage

Re: Only geeks... (1)

oic0 (1864384) | about 3 months ago | (#47602767)

Average weight of a south Korean male is 70kg, so almost 43% of their body weight. I agree though, wimpy. I can't imagine bothering to put it on. Even if it's additive to your current strength, it would be a waste of time. If you are constantly moving stuff that heavy you could do it faster with a forklift. If you are constantly moving lighter stuff you can do it faster without the suit.

Re: Only geeks... (4, Insightful)

Jeremi (14640) | about 3 months ago | (#47602835)

Prototype, people, it's a prototype.

I'm all for alien-crushing super-robot strength too, just not while the software is still in beta :^)

Re: Only geeks... (2)

Livius (318358) | about 3 months ago | (#47603129)

Oh, come on! Skynet got nuclear weapons when it was still in beta.

Re: Only geeks... (1)

mythosaz (572040) | about 3 months ago | (#47602845)

It ignores the option of, "constantly moving stuff of exactly that weight" for which the suit seems fairly useful.

Also, it's a prototype.

Re: Only geeks... (1)

timeOday (582209) | about 3 months ago | (#47603523)

Average weight of a south Korean male is 70kg, so almost 43% of their body weight.

Instead of exoskeletons it might be easier to just increase the denominator. KFC anyone? [kfckorea.com]

Re: Only geeks... (1)

GNious (953874) | about 3 months ago | (#47605217)

WTF - Even Korea gets to have a KFC?

/me mumbles something about capital of Europe and lack of KFCs

Re: Only geeks... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47606041)

Capital of Europe?

Re:Only geeks... (3, Insightful)

OzPeter (195038) | about 3 months ago | (#47602829)

would consider lifting 30Kg to be superhuman.

And from TFA the target is 100kg Try lifting *that* more than a few times and see how you go.

I feel sorry for you that the amazing super-strength exoskeleton capable of lifting 1000 kg, and able to run all day didn't just spring into existence at the snap of your fingers. It really must be tough living in that fantasy world where research and development don't take time and resources.

Re:Only geeks... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47602857)

would consider lifting 30Kg to be superhuman.

And from TFA the target is 100kg Try lifting *that* more than a few times and see how you go.

I feel sorry for you that the amazing super-strength exoskeleton capable of lifting 1000 kg, and able to run all day didn't just spring into existence at the snap of your fingers. It really must be tough living in that fantasy world where research and development don't take time and resources.

Before you go shooting off at the keyboard like that, did you ever think: maybe the gripe was with the story/submitter/"editor" that called 30kg "super strength" and not with the progress made by the people developing this suit? I mean I hate to ruin a good self-righteous rant and all but sometimes you'd do well to try and understand why something is said rather than focusing on how to ridicule it all the time while only really making yourself look dense and unable to think.

Re:Only geeks... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47603243)

would consider lifting 30Kg to be superhuman.

And from TFA the target is 100kg Try lifting *that* more than a few times and see how you go.

Again, not "super human" really. It may not be anything your average dock worker can do all day, but I've moved such weight around regularly on my own in the past, not often, far or fast mind you, but I moved stuff that was pretty heavy. Been sitting in this cube too much lately to manage it now, but in my younger years I managed to actually lift 240lbs over my head once, and I'm no super human, nor am I weight lifter, but after spending a summer throwing 70-100lb bales of hay around it's amazing what you can do.

Lifting 220lbs repeatedly for 3 hours might be something though, but something tells me they won't do that on one charge without upping the battery capacity.

NOT "only geeks..." (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47602883)

Lifting 30Kg is not "superhuman" - but doing it repeatedly, extending the weight beyond the normal ergonomic limits, in a stable and safe way... well, that is superhuman.
I am a middle-aged "geek" (code monkey) that does weigh lifting in the gym and when i was younger i served in the Greek marines (and trained with USA and UK marines) and worked in the docks.

Re:Only geeks... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47603009)

would consider lifting 30Kg to be superhuman.

Really?

Why don't you try holding 5 kg at arms length. Straight out in front of you. For 5 minutes.

Re:Only geeks... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47603059)

You sound like my grade 5 math teacher. He would punish those of us who got in trouble with holding various objects in an outstretched hand for a predefined time, things like chalkboard erasers, empty buckets, a mop handle, etc.

Re:Only geeks... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47603065)

Or an M-16/M-4. don't let the drill sergeant see your pain!

Re:Only geeks... (1)

Khyber (864651) | about 3 months ago | (#47603397)

That's standard punishment in the Mississippi RID program. Please. and we did that with a piece of a fucking telephone pole. Five? Try thirty minutes.

Re:Only geeks... (1)

KingOfBLASH (620432) | about 3 months ago | (#47603115)

Usually prototypes are a scaled down model. If I were a betting man, I'd say the final model will be more like 300kg...

Re:Only geeks... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47603265)

And come with an extension cord...

Re:Only geeks... (1)

Ted Stoner (648616) | about 3 months ago | (#47603271)

Could be used for Feats of Strength during Festivus [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Only geeks... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47605499)

There's a difference between bench pressing 30kg, and steadily holding a 30kg plate out at arms length for a welder. Also, a 100kg model is in the works.

Lifts up to 30 kgs? (1)

msauve (701917) | about 3 months ago | (#47602723)

Woo hoo! I can do that. That makes me a superhuman!

Re:Lifts up to 30 kgs? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47603697)

Woo hoo! I can do that. That makes me a superhuman!

But can someone wear you without lifting your weight?

The grip (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47602733)

But does anything augment the grip with the fingers? Seems that would be a bottleneck if I was trying to hold something like is pictured in the article. The hydraulics may support my arms, but what about my finger joints?

Re:The grip (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47602759)

Use a firmer grip when masturbating.... You can develop that strength in no time!

I found a video demonstrating the results!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?... [youtube.com]

Re:The grip (1)

jcochran (309950) | about 3 months ago | (#47603407)

Look at the article. And examine the photo in the article closely.
The backpack portion of the exoskeleton has attachments. Including 2 "mini-cranes" going over the user's shoulder. And in the photo, those mini-cranes are linked via some rigging to the plate the worker is handling. So the majority of the weight of the object is handled by the exoskeleton while his hands are merely providing fine control.

Re:The grip (1)

Cramer (69040) | about 3 months ago | (#47605095)

Did you look at the picture? A magnet is what's holding the "heavy" plate. The worker's hands are merely guides; they aren't supporting the weight at all. (assuming it was balanced when it was lifted.)

Lifting 66 pounds is super human? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47602737)

I'm out of shape, and I can lift 66 pounds (albeit with difficulty). 660 pounds might qualify for superhuman strength, but 66? A quick check shows that the world record for the clean and jerk is over 500 pounds. Didn't RTFA, so this might just be a /. thing.

Super Sodomy Brothers (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47602741)

Will this allow Timothy Lord to be pounded harder than ever by Soulskill? Three hours beats the pants off the battery life of Timothy's Sybian powered off a deep cycle car battery and an inverter.

Re:Super Sodomy Brothers (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47602813)

Sybians don't have *that* much draw. We ran one all day off a Jeep TJ idling in the mountains of socal. I know you're just joking, but an idling vehicle can handle the load.
 
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Whatever script they're using to scan these posts to give you a fitting captcha deserves a Nobel Prize (well, a pre-Obongo Nobel Prize, heh).

Re:Super Sodomy Brothers (0)

mythosaz (572040) | about 3 months ago | (#47602851)

handle the load.

Ba dum, tish!

Sensational headlines (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47602745)

Since when is lifting 30kg considered super human strength? Even if lifted and carried for 3 hours. It is potentially tiring work, and this exosuit very likely is helpful, but can we quit with bullshit sensationalism in headlines please?

only 30kg? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47602747)

That isn't that much, but if they were able to easily lift 100kg, that would be impressive.

As would the after work illegal fighting in the suits and the gambling that would go along with it.

Now all we need is alien queens (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47602763)

...and we can have televised airlock throwing competitions.

don't forget the rocket launchers (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47602801)

just in case...

Re:don't forget the rocket launchers (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about 3 months ago | (#47603295)

And the Gizmo Duck unicycle.

Ooohhh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47602821)

Was it 3D printed? In space? Privately? From asteroid dust? By colonists????

They should call it the Ant Man suit (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47602841)

because it give you ordinary human strength.

Re:They should call it the Ant Man suit (1)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | about 3 months ago | (#47602949)

maybe in North Korea where they will need this to get there army up to the basic level of some out of boot in the south army

Conversion time (1, Informative)

wjcofkc (964165) | about 3 months ago | (#47602895)

185 centimeters = ~6 feet
28 kilogram = ~61 pounds
30 kilograms = ~66 pounds

66 pounds by itself is not a terrible lot to lug around, but if this suit lets you work with that kind of weight continuously for 3 hours, that's pretty significant.

Re:Conversion time (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47603017)

185cm = 18 hands
28kg = 1.9 slugs
30kg = 17k drams

Critically, the article omits the number of rods to the hogshead fuel efficiency.

Re:Conversion time (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47606061)

I'm English you insensitive clod:

185cm ~= 6'
28kg ~= 4st 5lb
30kg ~= 4st 10lb

Domo arigato (1)

Ultra64 (318705) | about 3 months ago | (#47602921)

Archer roboto

In Korea... (1)

trailerparkcassanova (469342) | about 3 months ago | (#47602979)

lifting 30 kilos is considered superhuman.

Re:In Korea... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47603211)

you try lifting that all day, every day, very quickly without spraining something. if this cuts workers comp claims, it is a good investment.

Re:In Korea... (1)

FuegoFuerte (247200) | about 3 months ago | (#47603451)

Like I used to do racking servers in the datacenter, anywhere from 12-17 hours at a time. *yawn.* Yeah, it was tiring work, but it was by no means something that needed a robo-suit to accomplish. Call me when it can pick up fully populated 6509s all day long.

Too busy picking on superhuman (1)

hurfy (735314) | about 3 months ago | (#47603061)

They also mention it still has problems with twisting, sounds like one has to twist themselves PLUS the suit. Seems to defeat the pick this up and put it over there aspect for a LOT of values of 'there'. Not to mention 'there' can't really be up or down a slope either.

I agree on the the headlines. Save em for when they actually apply. I plan for my car to be really fast someday, but I can't write the world record headline quite yet...unless maybe I can be an editor at Slashdot too ;)

It MIGHT give you superhuman strength SOMEDAY. Today it sounds closer to a nice back support. They seem to have found a use anyway, that's rather impressive, and not detailed of course.

Sub-Human? (1)

pubwvj (1045960) | about 3 months ago | (#47603085)

"With a 3-hour battery life, the exoskeleton allows users to walk at a normal pace and, in its prototype form, it can lift objects with a mass of up to 30 kilograms."

Wow. Color me very unimpressed so far. My biological battery lasts 48 hours (extreme) and lets me lift about 120 Kg fully and regularly as well as a lot more occasionally. I can also run.

Seriously though, while this is not "Super Strength" as the headline claims it is an interesting advancement. What we need next is a "Robot Suit that gives Editors Super Human Writing Powers" so they can actually write headlines.

30kg less? (1)

Katatsumuri (1137173) | about 3 months ago | (#47605289)

If it subtracts up to 30kg of every weight you have to lift, I would say it is very useful. I don't think it limits your maximum weight, so all superhuman slashdotters here can continue to regularly lift their 120kg, or maybe 150 now.

Re:30kg less? (1)

pubwvj (1045960) | about 3 months ago | (#47605683)

For three hours.

No SCV comments? (4, Insightful)

rogoshen1 (2922505) | about 3 months ago | (#47603101)

I'm disappointed in the Slashdot of today. All of these comments, and not one person making wise about Koreans playing Starcraft and deciding to develop their own SCV's.

Re:No SCV comments? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47603395)

You win!

Re:No SCV comments? (1)

Bite The Pillow (3087109) | about 3 months ago | (#47603777)

+5 for such a need to state the obvious? Pity the Dashslot of today.

Re:No SCV comments? (1)

ultranova (717540) | about 3 months ago | (#47605475)

All of these comments, and not one person making wise about Koreans playing Starcraft and deciding to develop their own SCV's.

People are too busy explaining how they can lift more than the robo-suit. Dunno when Slashdot became a high school.

Starship Troopers... (1)

DavidHumus (725117) | about 3 months ago | (#47603123)

...coming soon?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S... [wikipedia.org]

Not according to the lack of imagination by the posters here I've seen so far.

I look at the worker modeling the suit and I think (1)

Kevoco (64263) | about 3 months ago | (#47603221)

... what a tool.

John Henry Scenario (1)

fightermagethief (3645291) | about 3 months ago | (#47603237)

I can see some sort of situation arising where a worker tries to outdo one of these things in a fight for his/her job and ends up working themselves to death. Or the machine keeps going with the deceased worker inside.

30 kg? Are you 66 lb kidding me? (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | about 3 months ago | (#47603285)

Back when I was a combat field engineer we lifted transom beams with 6 guys that meant each of us lifted many multiples of that.

Wake me when you actually are doing some real lifting.

Yay for metric! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47603371)

I've been waiting years for Slashdot to post a story using metric units. Now I can die happy.

From the movie... (1)

OhSoLaMeow (2536022) | about 3 months ago | (#47603711)

Dave [vimeo.com]

Look at the picture. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47604067)

The skeleton doesn't even have its own hands - the user has to grab the load with theirs. No wonder there's a 30kg limit. If it was higher, I could see this thing just ripping people's hands off. Give it some forceps or something FFS.

Re:Look at the picture. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47605177)

The skeleton doesn't even have its own hands - the user has to grab the load with theirs. No wonder there's a 30kg limit. If it was higher, I could see this thing just ripping people's hands off. Give it some forceps or something FFS.

If you'd look closely, you'd see that the piece of steel he's holding is held up by an electromagnet, not his hands.
And that piece of steel is a lot heavier than 30 kg, it's more like 100 kg.

Didn't they already have this thing... (1)

cl3v3r (3775089) | about 3 months ago | (#47604073)

...called a forklift?

Yes, we use tools to move things that we can't - is an exoskeleton that has a 3 hour battery life really more effective than your plain old forklift?

robot invasion (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47604531)

robot invasion, http://bit.ly/1soDO08

There's a LEGO set, too. (2)

Areyoukiddingme (1289470) | about 3 months ago | (#47604539)

Ok, the LEGO set is independent of this prototype. But it's available this month. Here [lego.com] is the original proposal on Lego Ideas. Buy your own minifig exosuit! You know you want to.

Superhuman? (1)

Tim OBrien (3507173) | about 3 months ago | (#47604709)

30kilos superhuman? When I worked in a retailer warehouse back in the 80s I had to lift 125lb boxes of tools up 7ft shelves. Pfffftttt...

Useless (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47605263)

I can lift objects with a mass of 30kg without a stupid exoskeleton. Unless it lets me hurl them vast distances, or crush them between my awesome duratanium fingers I'm not interested.

Seriously, 30Kg is superhuman nowdays? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47605799)

How that superhuman? Seriously? In my work i have to move hot glue pellet sack that weight 25 Kg, nothing superhuman on that... If that exoskeleton would allow moving 250 Kg, well that would be superhuman...

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