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Powered Exoskeleton Legs

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the leap-small-buildings-in-a-single-bound dept.

Science 385

dyoo78 writes "Berkeley Engineers have come up with an ingenious mechanism that almost mimics, well, Borg technology. Developed by UC Berkeley's Robotics and Human Engineering Laboratory, the Berkeley Lower Extremity Exoskeleton (BLEEX) consists of mechanical metal leg braces that are connected rigidly to the user at the feet, and, in order to prevent abrasion, more compliantly elsewhere. The device includes a power unit and a backpack-like frame used to carry a large load. This development bring to the forefront the ability to not only carry large loads in wartime efforts, but may possibly help people with limited muscle ability to walk optimally."

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Already in use (5, Funny)

andyrut (300890) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463303)

Steven Hawking [theonion.com] has been using this technology for years!

Re:Already in use (1)

andyrut (300890) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463337)

D'oh, Stephen* :)

obligatory (-1)

Alan Partridge (516639) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463695)


Powerrrrr Exxxtreme!

Stephen Hawking beat them to it... (1, Funny)

inertia@yahoo.com (156602) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463310)

According to this [theonion.com] story, Stephen Hawking already designed and built something better. "I am faster, stronger... better than before," Hawking told reporters via his suit's built-in voice synthesizer.

Ironically... (5, Funny)

Tikaro (726048) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463320)

"In the UC Berkeley experiments, the human pilot moved about a room wearing the 100-pound exoskeleton and a 70-pound backpack while feeling as if he were lugging a mere 5 pounds."
...Is that because the backpack contains a 75-pound battery?

Re:Ironically... (5, Funny)

saxgod007 (759027) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463396)

and then ofcourse, the remaining power readings are wrong and when it says 5 Hours left it says at once: WARNING! You must switch to a power outlet at once or you will break your legs! 'FWEF', power loss 170 pounds on ur legs..

Re:Ironically... (5, Funny)

Tikaro (726048) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463498)

Maybe the battery can be pulled along behind in a twenty-dollar rolly cart. For that matter, so could the 70-pound backpack in the first place!

A rich Texan in an airport sees a mad-scientist type puffing along under the weight of two huge and weighty suitcases. "Say, pardner, what time is it?" he asks. The fellow puts down his suitcases and refers to his watch, a humming black conglomeration of dials and lights with a miniature satellite dish spinning on top. "It's 10:28:32 here, precisely, and..." (the inventor's eyes flicker to a set of displays) "your flight is on time, your rental car is waiting in Dallas, and your wife is cooking ribs for dinner tonight!"

"Holy cow! Sell me that durn thing!" says the Texan, and after some intense negotiations the inventor lets him have it for several million in cash right then and there. The Texan straps the device to his arm and begins to walk away.

"Hold on!" shouts the inventor, pointing to the two colossal suitcases. "You forgot the batteries!"

Re:Ironically... (1)

stephenisu (580105) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463655)

But will it lug it uphill in the snow both ways?

Wouldn't want to get a virus (2, Funny)

Space cowboy (13680) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463327)

Doing the splits is hard enough, but doing them sideways, in the middle of a somersault would be worse...

or:

The infantry advances with incredible speed towards the enemy, the men running across the battlefield at 50 miles/hour, then suddenly start to hop in circles as a small but significant grin occupies the face of the enemy commander...

[yeah, I know they're not netowrked, yet...]

Simon

Re:Wouldn't want to get a virus (4, Insightful)

hazee (728152) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463381)

Yeah, it only takes a slight bug in the software and this thing will break both your legs in a second.

Exoskeletons have been designed before, but no-one dared try them on for just this reason.

Pyhsical Limits (4, Insightful)

EnglishTim (9662) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463475)

I'm sure it wouldn't be too tricky to put physical or electrical limits on the exoskeleton to prevent it from moving into a position that the human body can't. I seriously doubt it'd be a big problem.

Re:Wouldn't want to get a virus (4, Insightful)

bfree (113420) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463517)

A bug in the software could only cause your legs to break if one of two conditions apply:
  1. You have the leg strength to break your own leg and do so by resisting a machine movement.
  2. The machine is designed so that it can manouver so as to break a leg. The machine should have a physically limited range of motion which does not exceed the wearers!
So I would have no problem wearing an exoskeleton, if it was designed not to be able to break the human body inside, if it isn't ... who the hell designed it?

Re:Wouldn't want to get a virus (4, Insightful)

dave420 (699308) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463595)

All they have to do is make sure it can only move in the same directions and extents as a human. Once that's achieved, it can't possibly break your legs off. After all, it's enhancing existing human motions, not inventing new ones.

Re:Wouldn't want to get a virus (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8463661)

A simple mechanical solution:
They could put in some easily breakable
restraints.

so in case the exoskeleton goes malfunctions,
you could easily detacch your legs from it..
or the restraints would break off before
the force would be strong enough to damage your
legs.

Re:Wouldn't want to get a virus (5, Funny)

TopShelf (92521) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463490)

And you know that a cheat for Dance Dance Revolution will make the rounds, too...

Re:Wouldn't want to get a virus (2, Funny)

stephenisu (580105) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463715)

Actually, it's already done, just need to port it.

www.stepmania.com [stepmania.com]

Yeah, but.... (2, Funny)

JustinXB (756624) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463340)

Alright, cool... But can it play Max 300 on hard in DDR? Yeah, I thought not.

Re:Yeah, but.... (1)

Ethon (759020) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463352)

Max 300 please....the real challenge would be Legend Of Max Heavy

Re:Yeah, but.... (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8463474)

You faggots and your Dance Dance Revolution. Too antisocial to dance in public.

Re:Yeah, but.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8463499)

I guess you never played DDR Extreme at the arcades.

Re:Yeah, but.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8463681)

I'm sorry, I've never danced with a machine before. I only dance with women. But please continue to enjoy your videogame

"Haven't you ever seen a little boy..." (1)

bad enema (745446) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463342)

"with braces on his legs before?"

Of course, there's nothing like curing muscle defficiency like getting chased by goons on bikes.

Re:"Haven't you ever seen a little boy..." (2, Funny)

chef_raekwon (411401) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463542)

"with braces on his legs before?"

certain gives new meaning to "Run, Forest, Run!"

welcome! (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8463346)

i, for one, welcome our robotically enabled masters!

Re:welcome! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8463713)

erm overlords

borg technology or MS assimilating SCO (3, Funny)

stonebeat.org (562495) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463355)

I wasn't sure story to read first, the borg technology or MS assimilating (giving money to) SCO. But they sounded similar, so I went ahead with latter one. :)

heavy loads? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8463361)

Carrying heavy loads in wartime? You mean, like, say, that backpack full of batteries and equipment to power your cyberlegs?

Re:heavy loads? (5, Funny)

grub (11606) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463403)


Carrying heavy loads in wartime?

Bush wants his soldiers to carry back the oil a barrel at a time.

Re:heavy loads? (5, Informative)

rogue555 (671448) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463482)

No, it uses a free piston hydraulic pump that runs off catalyzed hydrogen preoxide. Actually quite small and light for the power it provides.

Super Granny (1)

nycsubway (79012) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463373)

Oh no... not super grannies! Kids giving their grandparents jars to open... I know where this is going!

From Berkeley! (5, Funny)

LookSharp (3864) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463375)

Yes, Berkeley-ites! With our patented "Hippie Assist" functionality, you can flee the tyranny of pepper-spray-wielding police at up to three times the speed! And the titanium-alloy supports allow you to carry up to SIX times as many picket sign bearing snappy slogans!

Worry no more as you march around protesting the cause of the day, as you can taunt the pigs with impunity!

(Hemp-shoe compatibility guaranteed!)

Your .sig is appropriate.... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8463650)

There's a big difference between being mean-spirited because it's funny, and being mean-spirited because you're an ASS. ...because what you wrote is most certainly from the mouth of an ass.

Re:From Berkeley! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8463680)

The "Berkeley hippie" myth is mostly that. At least today, the campus is more conservative than anything. Even in the heyday, it was mostly off-campus folk slumming in and around the dorms/bldgs who were responsible for this image.

More's the pity.

Not really Borg-like (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8463377)

Was more of a standup version of the technology used on captain Christopher Pike's beeping chair.

Military applications? What about students? (1)

mikeophile (647318) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463378)

I sure could have used one of those in school.

Lockers? I don't need no steeking lockers!

Re:Military applications? What about students? (1)

millahtime (710421) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463582)

FOr a military application. Imagine a soldier that could roll over a 70 ton tank. It would be like having an army of He-men. We could rule the world.

Re:Military applications? What about students? (-1, Flamebait)

Alan Partridge (516639) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463733)

You DO rule the world you stupid, drunken Yank. You just do it REALLY badly.

Excellent. (4, Funny)

Mondoz (672060) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463383)

Add on robotic arms, and we'll be ready to fight off alien queens and throw them out airlocks.

Re:Excellent. (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8463442)

actually, check here...

http://me.berkeley.edu/hel/extarms.htm

muscles (2, Funny)

dj245 (732906) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463385)

All your muscles are belong to us!

Re:muscles (1)

gilmet (601408) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463591)

Says the enemy haXors.

Dupe? (0)

Cheerio Boy (82178) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463389)

Item I mean - not story.

Didn't a Russian scientist come up with something similar several years ago?

Re:Dupe? (5, Informative)

dave420 (699308) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463536)

If you're thinking of the same one I am, they came up with jet-powered shoes, which is a similar yet fundamentally different technology.

This suit enhances strength and load-bearing capability. The jet-shoes enhanced speed alone. There was no back brace or luggage compartment - just big-ass loud shoes :)

Then again, there was the spring-loaded running suit those guys made. It retained almost as much energy running as a Kangaroo (one of the most efficient runners on the world). With it, people could run really fast and jump high, all without power. True, it was massive and you'd look a dick wearing it, but technologically fantastic.

This is not new (1)

Doesn't_Comment_Code (692510) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463392)

Yeah, I also saw these in such credible movies as Alien and The Matrix.

Re:This is not new (1)

HTH NE1 (675604) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463570)

Enter the M.A.N.T.I.S. [imdb.com] ?

Re:This is not new (1)

TykeClone (668449) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463607)

And in the book "Starship Troopers" (but not the movie.

But Does it Run Linux?? (4, Funny)

RPI Geek (640282) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463398)

Does it run Linux? If so, I'm afraid of it. I wouldn't want a malicious penguin taking over control [imdb.com] .

Re:But Does it Run Linux?? (1)

Walkiry (698192) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463609)

It just runs.

Although I bet there's room in the backpack to put a knoppix CD or something like that.

Go, Go, Gadget Legs... (3, Funny)

Vexler (127353) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463399)

Woooowwwwwzzeerrrrrrsssssss!!!!!!

Walkies, Gromit! (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8463409)

They're robo-trousers, ex-NASA!

But what about a flashing yellow light? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8463414)

Until a powered exoskeleton looks like the loader Ripley used in Aliens, I'm not interested.

I love the photo (4, Funny)

The I Shing (700142) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463418)

I love the photo of the guy wearing it. Let's put Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis in that get-up and see if it looks familiar. Who you gonna call?

Re:I love the photo (1)

Doesn't_Comment_Code (692510) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463500)

It's true! He looks just like a young Dan Akroyd! It's funny because it true! All he needs is one of those beam guns and a trap.

WTmuthaF? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8463530)

What about Ernie Hudson, yo? You just pissed a brutha off!

Re:WTmuthaF? (1)

The I Shing (700142) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463628)

Although Ernie Hudson didn't appear on the original poster for the movie, I enjoyed the character Winston very much.

Janine Melnitz: "Do you believe in UFOs, astral projections, mental telepathy, ESP, clairvoyance, spirit photography, telekinetic movement, full trance mediums, the Loch Ness monster and the theory of Atlantis?"

Winston Zeddmore: "Ah, if there's a steady paycheck in it, I'll believe anything you say."

Lower Extremity Exoskeleton? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8463432)

If I was refering to legs, I call them extremities.

I only have one lower extremity that isn't plural. And no, it doesn't require an exoskeleton to maintain it's rigidity.

Didn't you get the memo? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8463434)

Overused Borg references are to be replaced by overused Matrix references (or Michael Crichton novels)

Wallace and Gromit (3, Funny)

Gothmolly (148874) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463435)

It's the wrong trousers!

Re:Wallace and Gromit (1)

hazee (728152) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463532)

And weren't the techno-trousers commandeered by a penguin in disguise? Hmm...

Re:Wallace and Gromit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8463630)

Heh. Some disguise. A rubber glove on his head so he'd look like a chicken. Priceless :)

Yes, but he had physical access. (1)

oneiros27 (46144) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463637)

Feathers McGraw [aardman.com] read Gromit's [aardman.com] copy of "Electronics for Dogs", and then modified the (ex-NASA) trousers [aardman.com] , so they were remote controlled, and removed the local control panel.

So it was a hardware hack, not a software hack. [But it's the hardware equiv of Back Orifice [cultdeadcow.com] ]

Any time to let someone get physical access, especially if it's unsupervised, especially a jewel thief penguin, you're screwed.

wartime huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8463437)

" This development bring to the
forefront the ability to not only carry large loads in wartime efforts, but may possibly help people with limited
muscle ability to walk optimally."


Yes! it's great for building the super soldier to help police the world from evildoers!!!

p.s. um, it can improve disabled people's quality of life too. Always glad to see the war machine doing it's good for humanity no?

In Soviet Russia.. (-1, Troll)

dj245 (732906) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463438)

...the people move the leg brace! Oh wait the rest of the world does this too. This has huge implications for people who are annoyed with their friends/family who walk too slow, provided it workds right. Perhaps Forrest Gump will no longer be an object of mockery, but a tantilizing new object to be overclocked.

Thank God (1, Funny)

somethinghollow (530478) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463439)

At long last, no more engaging in that irritating self propulsion. This will be the ultimate means of locomotion when other means are unavailable (trains and automobiles and such).

Segway, eat your heart out.

In Soviet Russia (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8463440)

...the back packs carry you...

I wonder (1)

Bendebecker (633126) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463441)

If you could beef them up with up with better hydrolics - jumping over buildings and matrix type stuff? You got lett it all go Neo, fear, doubt, disbelief, and a sizeable chunk of you savings.

automatically controls itself based on user (5, Insightful)

randyest (589159) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463451)

This is great -- it senses your motions and accomodates you, helping you along:

The researchers point out that the human pilot does not need a joystick, button or special keyboard to "drive" the device. Rather, the machine is designed so that the pilot becomes an integral part of the exoskeleton, thus requiring no special training to use it. In the UC Berkeley experiments, the human pilot moved about a room wearing the 100-pound exoskeleton and a 70-pound backpack while feeling as if he were lugging a mere 5 pounds.

There was a /. article a few months ago about a Japanese team of researchers who were working on the same sort of device (I don't recall the name, but I'm sure the dupe-hounds will point it out). But if I recall correctly, that system required control imput, such as from a joystick-like device. That limits the robusteness and usability pretty severely, IMHO.

Interestingly, this thing runs on a gas engine (which powers hydraulics for the powered joints and provides electricity for the computer controls), and:

The current prototype allows a person to travel over flat terrain and slopes, but work on the exoskeleton is ongoing, with the focus turning to miniaturization of its components. The UC Berkeley engineers are also developing a quieter, more powerful engine, and a faster, more intelligent controller, that will enable the exoskeleton to carry loads up to 120 pounds within the next six months. In addition, the researchers are studying what it takes to enable pilots to run and jump with the exoskeleton legs.

I want my robot body now please. Price?

Now that is one sweet video (5, Interesting)

purduephotog (218304) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463454)

Took nearly 2 minutes to download, but watching those short steps around... then finding out that the backpack was loaded with 100lbs.... wow.

Obviously the future of movement and an important first step, no pun intended.

So we've got a unit that can carry up to 120lbs of weight. Figure a few more lbs and it may now be able to 'support' a man whos legs no longer work properly. Although this design is based upon feedback from a proper leg to calculate where it is supposed to move/balance.

The old quote about the yellow pages- let your fingers do the walking- may soon become far more true than you've realized... especially for those born or brought to wheelchair bound.

Ripley would be pleased... (1)

addie (470476) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463465)

So... I can use this to pick up aliens and throw them out airlocks right? Right? No?!

Centre of balance (5, Interesting)

dj245 (732906) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463480)

I'd be worried about the centre of gravity on this thing. From the picture, things don't look too good. Sure, the person can carry a huge load. But that load is all on his back, with some of it a foot or more away from his body. If he tips over will the legs be any help getting him upright?

Already in print (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8463481)

Martin Caiden ("Cyborg"->"The Six Million Dollar Man" ) and every book was labelled "Soon to be a Major Motion Movie" had a book titled "ManFac" (0671654098) which was a complete body exoskeleton.

We are on our way... (5, Insightful)

cnelzie (451984) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463485)

...to having technology seen only in science fiction stories happen right in front of our eyes.

This technology could easily make it possible for soldiers to carry very heavy armor that could possibly protect them from most all small arms fire and possibly even some heavy fire. All the while carrying heavy machine guns and small autoloading cannons that these days require crews to move and operate.

Hmmmm (4, Funny)

Stupid White Man (750118) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463486)

"the wearer can walk, squat, bend and swing from side to side without noticeable reductions in agility."

But can he LIMBO!

Re:Hmmmm (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8463567)

squat?

Squatting could be very helpful in certain situations. Otherwise...

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

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8463497)

...our overlords from the waist down!

Obligatory Onion reference (2, Funny)

joshv (13017) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463505)

The onion is rarely this prescient: http://www.theonion.com/onion3123/hawkingexo.html

any bets? (2, Interesting)

blue_adept (40915) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463521)

on how long it will be before this kind of equipment becomes standard fare in moutain climbing? Everest may not be so hard anymore, with a mechanical exoskeleton and oxygen tanks, and the kind of people who climb everest (which generally costs over $100,000) have the kind of money to blow on this kind of technology when it becomes available.

Re:any bets? (1)

Mr. Slippery (47854) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463614)

on how long it will be before this kind of equipment becomes standard fare in moutain climbing?

Kind of defeats the purpose, doesn't it? If you just want to get to the top without the physical challenge, you could already helicopter up.

Would be great for search & rescue in mountain areas, though.

Re:any bets? (1)

Da VinMan (7669) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463660)

Errr... I'm no climber, or pilot, but isn't the Everest peak inaccessible to helicopters because the air is too thin?

Who controls Barter town? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8463525)

Cool. Soon you can be your own Master Blaster.

Similar (1)

Richard Allen (213475) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463538)

to this technology for nurses. I think the military has similar things in R&D.

http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns999 91072

Re:Similar (1)

Richard Allen (213475) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463561)

sorry ... delete the space in the link

Leap over tall buildings (1)

Gr8Apes (679165) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463539)

in a single bound, faster than a speeding train...

All we need now is "more powerful than a bullet" and we'll all be superman (or supergirl...)

This looks really gay (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8463550)

But you'll be able to cave in the skull of anyone who makes fun of you.

One step closer to Metroid (1)

BitwizeGHC (145393) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463556)

We know we've really reached the future when we can build a tank with a hot chick inside [penny-arcade.com] .

I'm impressed (1)

Woogiemonger (628172) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463559)

The more and more I read about this, I'm quite impressed, but doesn't it seem really easy to throw the damn 70 pound backpack in my car trunk and drive 15 times faster? :) Also, if that thing runs out of fuel, not only are you carrying 70 pounds, but you're also carrying 100 pounds of exoskeleton. If it merely malfunctions, you have to carry the fuel too! ...Unless you want to explain to your commander why the Army should buy you a new one. Maybe they should add a good set of retractable wheels, so you can carry it around like luggage in an airport.

wrestling (2, Funny)

surreal-maitland (711954) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463560)

WWF raw next weeks is gonna *rule*.

fiction and reality (1)

plams (744927) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463574)

Could they be used for super kickboxing? Or live action platform gaming? (Jumping like Mario or running like Sonic) These pair of legs just might make reality less boring:)

Forget the Matrix or Borg, this is... (3, Interesting)

mykepredko (40154) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463583)

the first steps in producing the powered armor of RAH's "Starship Troopers".

I found it interesting to use the term "Pilot" for the user/wearer - especially in light that the exoskeleton is designed to be used with apparently little training.

It's nice to see that we are taking the first steps (excuse the pun) to fight back after space insects destroy Buenos Aires.

myke

Poor cripple in school (2, Interesting)

millahtime (710421) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463616)

I can see it now. A poor cripple in school has this exoskeleton. Then the school bully hacks it to beat up the kid wearing it. Then the bully can be lazy, have virtually no evidence he did the beating and stillbe the bully.

Is this really better? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8463633)

How is this better than a cart with wheels?
It looks cool, but it could probably break easilly and the battery life is probably worse than my laptop!

Just a matter of Time Before ..... (0, Funny)

DarthTeufel (751532) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463645)

GO GO GADGET LEGS !!!!!!!!!!

MANTIS (-1, Offtopic)

Stonent1 (594886) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463659)

Mental image of Mantis reruns on TV. Super crime fighting cripple!

Skynet to purchase patent (0, Offtopic)

poo poo platter (759046) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463668)

Judgement Day ensues

At last! The proper tool for the job. (2, Funny)

teamhasnoi (554944) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463675)

Hey Darl, that innocent 'kick me' sign is going to take on a whole new meaning. Say hi to the martian rover.

Aliens Cargo (1)

Krieger (7750) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463720)

Okay, so now they have half of the Aliens Cargo mover exo-skeleton.

Which by the way seems much more efficient than a forklift.

So now they can do a bulky exo-skeleton, but can they slim it down and make it an exo-suit?

Got to love the advances of technology.

Who says sci-fi doesn't get it right. ;)

What would be really cool... (5, Interesting)

StressGuy (472374) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463722)

is to get this developed to the point where it could replace a wheelchair. The psychological advantage to a person who'd lost the use of his legs to actually stand up and interact with the world "eye to eye" would have to be powerful. It probably also doesn't hurt to keep the muscles moving and the appropriate neural pathways firing.

Yea, I know, long way to get there from here, but it's a promising first step. Certainly worth some research dollars in my opinion.

and you guys wonder (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8463723)

why girls aren't interested. Common now get serious

Attack of the clones! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8463726)

Waiting for the next war with popcorn on a la-z-boy.

I bet these things look like they are out of starwars.

Video Clip Mirrors (2, Interesting)

flogger (524072) | more than 10 years ago | (#8463745)

They vids aren't that exciting. If you are looking for pr0^h^h^h Cool manga type mechs, but if you are interested in human-robitc compatability, this is nice.

Each video is basically a guy walking around in circles for a minute or so. So if you've seen one, you've seen 'em all. :-) But as the downloads at berkley were getting slower and slower, I offer a mirror of the three vid clips:

Bleex-part1.mpeg [alchurch.net] (18)

Bleex-part2.mpeg [alchurch.net] (21 meg)

Bleex-part3.mpeg [alchurch.net] (23 meg)

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