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Bluetooth Prosthetics Help US Marine To Walk Again

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 5 years ago | from the better-stronger-faster dept.

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Like2Byte writes "CNN is reporting that a US Marine who lost both his legs in Iraq is now able to walk again by using bluetooth technology to coordinate his leg movement. The two legs communicate to keep the man in motion. ' [...] Computer chips in each leg send signals to motors in the artificial joints so the knees and ankles move in a coordinated fashion. Bleill's set of prosthetics [legs] have Bluetooth receivers strapped to the ankle area. The Bluetooth device on each leg tells the other leg what it's doing, how it's moving, whether walking, standing or climbing steps, for example.'"

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127 comments

What if I sync my Treo while sitting next to him? (5, Funny)

kwabbles (259554) | more than 5 years ago | (#22186538)

Will he reflex-kick me in the head?

Re:What if I sync my Treo while sitting next to hi (3, Funny)

snowraver1 (1052510) | more than 5 years ago | (#22186588)

Maybe. All I know is that when he heats up his lunch in the microwave he starts dancing.

Re:What if I sync my Treo while sitting next to hi (5, Funny)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 5 years ago | (#22186672)

I don't have bluetooth limbs and yet get the impulse to kick people who use bluetooth headsets in the head....

Re:What if I sync my Treo while sitting next to hi (2, Funny)

kwabbles (259554) | more than 5 years ago | (#22186712)

I'd only wear a bluetooth headset if it came with a "Locutus Laser".

Re:What if I sync my Treo while sitting next to hi (1)

sm62704 (957197) | more than 5 years ago | (#22187028)

That's why I'm waiting to get my other eye operated on (see sig). I want one that shoots laser beams!

Yes, I'm a cyborg. Resistance is fulile and you will all be (yawn) assimilated.

Re:What if I sync my Treo while sitting next to hi (5, Funny)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 5 years ago | (#22186832)

...people who use bluetooth headsets in the head....

Yeah, I get creeped out when I hear people talking to themselves in the john, too.

Re:What if I sync my Treo while sitting next to hi (1)

Chabil Ha' (875116) | more than 5 years ago | (#22187978)

Favorite quote from Innerspace [wikipedia.org] :

"Play with it, pal, but don't talk to it."

Oooohh, great new excuse for speeding. (2, Funny)

LinuxGeek (6139) | more than 5 years ago | (#22186974)

Sorry officer, but every time you zap me with your radar gun, my leg floors the gas pedal..

Re:What if I sync my Treo while sitting next to hi (5, Funny)

Stanistani (808333) | more than 5 years ago | (#22186990)

We need this technology where I work - the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing.

will it help them fuck flabby vaginas again? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22186552)

Have you heard about Maureen Dowd's enormous vagina? The Rude Pundit was having a late lunch with a New York Times insider, in that he had had parts of his body inside Maureen Dowd, and he spilled the beans about spilling his seed in Maureen Dowd's pundenda. "Her labia are like goddamn Dumbo ears," he said, sucking down his third vodka martini of the afternoon, jamming a fancy french fry into some bernaise that had been stained with the blood of his rare steak. "No, really, when I was going down on her, I felt like I was wearing moist earmuffs."

Apparently, Dowd's vulva is large enough to fit "three, four elephant dicks. And Tarzan could swing from her clit." He is a man who enjoys his pussy, and he'd be quite adept at having some box lunch if his appetite at the downtown steak joint was any indication. He continued, for, indeed, once a man starts talking about outsized poonani, there's no way to stop him. "Yeah, fucking Maureen Dowd is like launching a bottle rocket into the Grand Canyon," he said, using a chunk of fat to wipe up the remaining eggy sauce. "I think I lost my watch in there." And, yes, his wrist was watchless.

The Rude Pundit asked his dining companion why he fucked Maureen Dowd. "Have you read her shit lately?" he said. "What the fuck? Seriously. What. The. Fuck." He talked about her strange, ongoing assault on the Democratic candidates (and potential candidates) for President. "In the last month, this kooky kooz has called John Edwards a 'metrosexual' 'cause he got an expensive hair cut - lemme tell ya, her dye jobs ain't exactly Clairol off the shelf at CVS. She may as well have just gone Coulter on Edwards' ass and said he was a 'faggot.'

"Then Dowd went off on Barack Obama's wife for acting like a real human being in a real marriage, saying that 'some' saw her as 'emasculating.' And now she's going after Al Gore for being fat, not even paying attention to his new book, but only to if he's gonna lose weight to run for President. Oh, and how he eats a lot. She may as well have pointed her bony ass finger at him like she was on a playground and yelled, 'Fatty-fat-fat, you fat fuck.' You gonna eat that roll?"

The Rude Pundit gestured for him to have at. "By the way, when Maureen Dowd puts her hand around your cock, it feels like an old tree trying to eat a hot dog," he said. But that didn't answer the question. Why did he fuck Maureen Dowd?

He stared, a tinge of regret, a bit of horror, maybe even a shade of sadness, as if he mourned for lost innocence, passing through his eyes. "Because somebody had to," he said. "Someone had to take one for the team. Because in her column today she said that Bill Clinton's girth back in the day was 'roguish,' when, during his presidency, she barely ever missed an opportunity to mention it, like it made him into an overweight rube."

He was on a tear, a man driven to confess, to justify his actions. "Because she seems to think that feminism is about taking down other feminists, men and women. She's just ninety degrees from Ann Coulter in the way she seems to want a real man, one who's not a fat, emasculated metrosexual, to fuck her hard. And, goddamnit, I decided I was that man."

He started to cry, wiping his mouth with his napkin and tossing it on his plate, which only contained a leaf of escarole. "But what I can't get out of my head," he said, "is her vagina, like some undersea beast, nestled in the rocks and coral of her legs. Sometimes, at night, man, I can still hear my watch, its ticking echoing off the walls of her cervix. Hell, if I took a flashlight to her, I'd probably find cave drawings in there."

Taking his hand, the Rude Pundit assured the anonymous New York Times insider that the world would be warned away from Maureen Dowd's expansive vagina, yes, truly a shallow way to judge a woman, but she deserves nothing less.

olympics (1, Insightful)

KevMar (471257) | more than 5 years ago | (#22186564)

Another fine gentalman that they will not allow to partisipate in the olympics.

Re:olympics (5, Funny)

Joe the Lesser (533425) | more than 5 years ago | (#22186710)

Another fine gentalman that they will not allow to partisipate in the olympics.
Yea, I couldn't participate either, and I have *real* legs. What the hell.

Re:olympics (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22186860)

Yeah, but you yourself seem well prepared for the "special spelling bee" :-)

Re:olympics (2, Funny)

calebt3 (1098475) | more than 5 years ago | (#22188028)

He couldn't get to a machine with Firefox.

Re:olympics (1)

sm62704 (957197) | more than 5 years ago | (#22187122)

Maybe they'd let him drive his motorized wheelchair in the hundred meter race before he got his cyborg legs? I think when his legs got blown off that would have pretty much disqualified him from most sports.

Speaking of sports, why is it OK for a baseball player to get eye surgery to bring his vision to better than 20/20, but it's not ok for him to take steroids? Would they he ok with muscles surgically grafted onto his arms and legs?

Why is surgery ok but not drugs?

Bluetooth?! (3, Informative)

LinuxGeek (6139) | more than 5 years ago | (#22186586)

I hope they don't fall down when they walk past a microwave oven. I know my bt headset drops info while talking around my microwave. I hope the final devices are a bit more robust.

Re:Bluetooth?! (1)

Gyga (873992) | more than 5 years ago | (#22186804)

Your headset is level with the microwave, your ankles hopefully aren't level with the microwave. Couldn't they just run a wire up what is left of his legs and connect them at his waist instead relying on bluetooth?

Re:Bluetooth?! (1)

barzok (26681) | more than 5 years ago | (#22186840)

Well, they could, but that's one more thing to have to disconnect/reconnect.

Besides, isn't it more fun to make your legs move from across the room?

Re:Bluetooth?! (1)

Gyga (873992) | more than 5 years ago | (#22187348)

It would probably be hard to make them walk when they aren't connected to each other. When a person walks one leg supports the weight of the other leg while it is moved in front, each leg doesn't hope around on its own.

Re:Bluetooth?! (1)

calebt3 (1098475) | more than 5 years ago | (#22188078)

each leg doesn't hope around on its own
That's just because they haven't been trained/programmed to do so. I'm sure many folks here would would be perfectly capable of making it happen.

Re:Bluetooth?! (5, Informative)

KublaiKhan (522918) | more than 5 years ago | (#22186844)

I do know that there's a proposed standard for Bluetooth specifically for medical devices--there are some pacemakers and ICDs out there (most of 'em these days, I understand) that have bluetooth built into 'em so that the doctors can read information off of 'em without having to place electrodes and whatnot--and also so that they can patch the firmware, if necessary.

This is why they're using bluetooth, I think, rather than something else--because it's already used for similar medical device communications.

Re:Bluetooth?! Gives a whole new meaning to... (1)

davidsyes (765062) | more than 5 years ago | (#22187014)

"teething pains"...

Re:Bluetooth?! (2, Interesting)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 5 years ago | (#22187508)

I personally find it remarkably stupid they are using bluetooth or wireless at all. There is a point near the crotch where a small wire can connect the two legs.

also why the hell are they using bluetooth? other RF data modules are far easier to use in embedded processing and have a shorter range that is perfect for that use.

The whole thing smells of a PR stunt to me.

Re:Bluetooth?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22187704)

Instead of coming off as moderately caustic, why not put your inane issues aside and be happy that one of our wounded soldiers can walk again. I know that if my legs were blown off I'd sure as hell accept just about anything that could make me mobile again.

Ahem! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22186600)

From wikipedia,
"In November 2003, Ben and Adam Laurie from A.L. Digital Ltd. discovered that serious flaws in Bluetooth security may lead to disclosure of personal data."

Of course!

Re:Ahem! (1)

KublaiKhan (522918) | more than 5 years ago | (#22186652)

Like how long his legs are, or how many steps he's taken?

Re:Ahem! (1)

iamacat (583406) | more than 5 years ago | (#22186782)

No, just shots of the surroundings from the built-in webcum.

Re:Ahem! (1)

Drooling Iguana (61479) | more than 5 years ago | (#22186946)

That would be a bit higher up.

Re:Ahem! (1)

iamacat (583406) | more than 5 years ago | (#22187872)

Hey, just because he is a cripple doesn't mean he is not a great lover.

I'm sure he has ran at least as far as (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 5 years ago | (#22187436)

Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man

I was going to just say 10 miles, but that may have been little to esoteric for people to get, even with your sig.

Re:I'm sure he has ran at least as far as (1)

KublaiKhan (522918) | more than 5 years ago | (#22187764)

Especially as it was five miles meandering, with mazy motion. ;-p

Unless you're talking about the whole of it, not just the river, which would be 10 miles in diameter...

Leg Hack (1)

Foofoobar (318279) | more than 5 years ago | (#22186612)

How long do you suppose its going to take someone in a coffee shop to find that bluetooth connection and start sending signals to it?

Re:Leg Hack (1)

KudyardRipling (1063612) | more than 5 years ago | (#22186702)

Voodoo electronics, anyone? Kick someone in the backside, flip the finger, etc. It conjures up images of the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz.

How long before this poor guy gets hacked? (3, Funny)

Enleth (947766) | more than 5 years ago | (#22186622)

Just imagine - no need for cellphone shoot-em-up games when you can use this direction stick on the keyboard to control a real Marine with Bluetooth!

Re:How long before this poor guy gets hacked? (2, Interesting)

AgentPaper (968688) | more than 5 years ago | (#22187980)

I'm reminded of an old BOFH episode [petech.ac.za] in which the Bastard Operator straps a mobile SNMP controller to the boss's motorized wheelchair, and then lets another manager take a crack at his new "video game." All's fun and games till you miss that jump over the open manhole...

I'm happy he can walk and all, but... (4, Insightful)

jafo (11982) | more than 5 years ago | (#22186650)

The last thing most of us need is one more damn thing that you need to keep charged.

Hello, AAA? Yeah, I'm in the supermarket parking lot and I need a jump-start...

Sean

oblig alpha centauri (1)

Joe the Lesser (533425) | more than 5 years ago | (#22186682)

A handsome young Cyborg named Ace,
Wooed women at every base,
But once ladies glanced at
His special enhancement
They vanished with nary a trace.

Barracks Graffiti
Sparta Command

Why Bluetooth? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22186698)

Surely a simple thin wire run from the knee to belt to other knee would have worked just as well.

I can't think Bluetooth really added much to the basic functionality.

Re:Why Bluetooth? (1)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 5 years ago | (#22186742)

Why Bluetooth? I think the doctor just figured out a way to "perform maintenance surgery" on the guy every two years for the rest of his life. Pure brilliance!

Re:Why Bluetooth? (2, Insightful)

Radon360 (951529) | more than 5 years ago | (#22186936)

My only guess is that Bluetooth hardware was available "off the shelf" therefore simplfying the design time for the wireless link. It's questionable if this was wise, considering the proliferation of Bluetooth devices. I know I'd be a little upset if the legs that I depended on were covered under FCC part 15, particularly the part stating "this device must accept interference, even if it causes undesired operation."

FWIW, I don't think the BT is actually implanted, so regular surgeries for battery changes isn't an issue.

Re:Why Bluetooth? (1)

sm62704 (957197) | more than 5 years ago | (#22187162)

If you see a marine dancing a jig in a coffeeshop, you know who it is!

Re:Why Bluetooth? (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 5 years ago | (#22187798)

Chuck Morris?

Leap forward in tech, step backwards in utility. (2, Interesting)

Radon360 (951529) | more than 5 years ago | (#22186716)

I think it's great that they've improved the functionality of these prostheses, but I find it rather dumb that the batteries that power them are not user replaceable. They've added some "whiz bang" at the cost of what would be now considered a standard functional issue of any consumer electronics device. I know someone with a prosthetic arm, which has replaceable Li-Ion packs, why would having removeable batteries be any different in this case? Then again, maybe I am incorrectly interpreting "no spare batteries available" as not user replaceable, instead of the design of these batteries are two-of-a-kind and no additional ones have been manufactured at this point.

(Apologies for the puns in the title.)

Looking to Apple for design. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22186756)

Must've been taking design cues from the packaging engineers that work at Apple. You can't replace the battery in their iPod or iPhone, either.

Re:Leap forward in tech, step backwards in utility (1)

davidsyes (765062) | more than 5 years ago | (#22187058)

Hopefully, these aren't the exploding batteries... It could cost you another arm and a leg...

And, even if it didn't blow up, it could be shocking or quite emotionally discharging to see one of your limbs smoking.

Re:Leap forward in tech, step backwards in utility (2, Interesting)

geekoid (135745) | more than 5 years ago | (#22187344)

They're Atomic powered, d'uh. Don't you know anything about bionic men?

hmm "The Bionic Men" sounds like a great name for a futuristic fascist military.

Re:Leap forward in tech, step backwards in utility (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22187438)

I find it rather dumb that the batteries that power them are not user replaceable. They've added some "whiz bang" at the cost of what would be now considered a standard functional issue of any consumer electronics device.

Why, were these legs made by Apple? /ducks

Actually, the article didn't say that the batteries are not user replaceable, just that spare batteries are not available.

Black Hats (4, Funny)

martinmcc (214402) | more than 5 years ago | (#22186722)

I wouldn't be going to any black hat conventions if I was him.

Re:Black Hats (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 5 years ago | (#22187138)

Yes, lets pick on the Marine. I'm sure him and his battle experienced friend would take it in stride.
When your car explodes, don't be surprised.

Re:Black Hats (1)

fastest fascist (1086001) | more than 5 years ago | (#22187454)

GP does make a point, though... Any info on the security measures on this? Is there any verification system in place to make sure the legs are doing what the user wants them to, not what someone else wants? As humans begin to incorporate artificial, computerized parts into their bodies, the potential for mischief grows wildly.

Re:Black Hats (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22187552)

Ooh. Brings new meaning to BlueJeaning!!!
I'm here all week folks.

Wii? (4, Funny)

IronMagnus (777535) | more than 5 years ago | (#22186754)

So... can we expect Nintendo to make a Wii soccer game for him?

OMG (1)

MikShapi (681808) | more than 5 years ago | (#22186764)

Every time I step near a busy road with my BT headphones, I start losing connectivity because the bt band is overloaded.

How will this guy cross the road? on his hands?

Weird (1)

asc99c (938635) | more than 5 years ago | (#22186768)

What a weird use for wireless communication - why wouldn't a wire do a better cheaper job?

Re:Weird (3, Insightful)

Digital_Quartz (75366) | more than 5 years ago | (#22186934)

That was my initial reaction too. But, he lost his legs just above the knee, so the routing of the wire would either have to cross empty space somewhere, or else route up one leg, into the crotch of his trousers, and down the other leg. On the one hand, I can see either of those routings having issues, practical or comfort related. But still, seems like it would be worth it considering the advantages the wired version would give you in terms of reliability and battery longevity.

Re:Weird (1)

pragma_x (644215) | more than 5 years ago | (#22187176)

Thanks for clearing that up. I was confused too - so the legs are talking to each other then? I guess that makes sense since they probably wouldn't do such a great job if they acted independently of one another. I agree that a wired rendition makes more sense from an engineering perspective, but it would make some basic stuff like putting on clothes a little more cumbersome than the prosthetics already are. Perhaps the design motivation here is psychological - kind of like the benefit of complicated prosthetic legs over a simple-but-reliable wheelchair?

Oh well. I guess this is where we're going to be until someone hacks together an RFC for "IP over nervous system." :)

Re:Weird (1)

Kelbear (870538) | more than 5 years ago | (#22187642)

The wire isn't so complicated, running it through a jockstrap over the boxers would be enough to keep it from shuffling inside the pants.

But having a wire pressed up against your gooch for long periods of time will definitely become a drain on the user's patience.

Re:Weird (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22187902)

Why not use both at the same time? there is nothing to stop them from using a wire when its connected, and if it becomes disconnected for periods of time, then its switches to bluetooth (say, 2 seconds). This eliminates the problem of security, because you could switch to wired connections, and still offers the convenience of not having a wire crossing your good if your in the privacy of your own home.

Re:Weird (1)

sholden (12227) | more than 5 years ago | (#22187086)

Because running a wire up the remaining above knee leg, around the crotch, and back down the other remaining above knee leg would be a PITA. Running it directly would make for tripping over or break the wire every time you stepped over something, though there are some features that might be useful for a marine: http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20030511.html [schlockmercenary.com]

Re:Weird (1)

Firehed (942385) | more than 5 years ago | (#22187096)

Price is hardly an issue with this kind of thing. A wire would certainly be more reliable, but then of course you have the inconvenience of a wire dangling out of your ass (which, I can only assume, is rather severe).

Way to keep things simple (1)

Article Text Troll (704297) | more than 5 years ago | (#22186772)

I realize this post is my first since creating this account probably 5 years ago that I actually comment on the issue rather than injecting Rob Malda's name and something about homosexuality in to the middle of the article text, but c'mon. I suppose it would have been to easy to just run a wire from the ankle, up the leg, maybe even beneath whatever synthetic they use to simulate skin in case someone may be tricked in to thinking it was a real limb, and then back down the other, would have been too sensible? Or -- what about a simple mechanicle, works better and makes you run faster than the real thing mechanical prosthetic?

The future just slapped me on the back of my head (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22186792)

It's a strange feeling, seeing these cyberpunk-ish prosthetics proliferate. The future is coming, through the back door, with a limp. But it's still coming.

Re:The future just slapped me on the back of my he (1)

Fx.Dr (915071) | more than 5 years ago | (#22186876)

The future is coming, through the back door...

Only if this catches on with Real Doll.

Re:The future just slapped me on the back of my he (1)

Joseph Hayes (982018) | more than 5 years ago | (#22187824)

The future is coming, through the back door... Only if this catches on with Real Doll.

GENIOUS!

But the important question is ... (1)

Brickwall (985910) | more than 5 years ago | (#22186802)

How fast can he run? Faster than a woman? (OK, for those who don't get the reference, it's from Bobby Bitman's movie "Chariot of Eggs".)

Monitor capabilities? (1)

kevin.fowler (915964) | more than 5 years ago | (#22186812)

If these have a sensor inside that could detect falling over (which they must), you could have it set up to deliver an emergency "I've fallen and I can't get up" type message to a pc. A la new onstar vehicles. Maybe heart rate/blood pressure monitors as well. Could increase independence.

Re:Monitor capabilities? (1)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 5 years ago | (#22186884)

If they're gonna do all that, why not just turn the guy into a human/segway hybrid?

You just got bluesnarfed! (2, Funny)

Chas (5144) | more than 5 years ago | (#22186816)

Enjoy your new "restless leg" syndrome!

Sweet! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22186818)

Bluetooth in each leg? Wicked! Now if I could only do something about the Blueballs between my legs, we'd be all set!

The Typical Day (4, Funny)

vjmurphy (190266) | more than 5 years ago | (#22186858)

*walk* *walk* *walk*

"Brain -> Legs: Bluetooth connection lost. Re-pairing"

*trip*

Iraqis? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22186924)

Well, that's certainly cool.

On the other hand, what about all the Iraqis that got wounded, lost limbs or even died? Nobody seems to care about those, despite the fact that they outnumber affected US soldiers by a factor that ranges in the hundreds (!), and despite the fact that the soldiers at least *chose* to enter the army (not that that means they deserve less medical care, but I have more sympathy for those who were not given a choice to begin with).

But of course, nobody cares about those, right? They're all just terrorists, anyway. When a US soldier loses a limb, we'll do anything in our power to restore it, no matter what the cost, but if an Iraqi gets killed, we don't even pay anything to his family, since that might encourage others to let themselves get killed for their family's financial benefit, too.

Right.

I, for one, can understand why we weren't greeted as liberators.

Re:Iraqis? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22186962)

Who let Ted Kennedy in here?

Re:Iraqis? (1)

MacarooMac (1222684) | more than 5 years ago | (#22187118)

Iraqis vets are getting prosthetic limbs too - they're just not stupid enought to employ Bluetooth to control them.

Re:Iraqis? (1)

phoebusQ (539940) | more than 5 years ago | (#22187842)

I spent several months in Iraq on a response team helping Iraqis get prosthetics and assistive devices. Interestingly enough, about 80% of them had lost limbs prior to the war, either due to lacking medical treatment or political reprisal from Baathist forces. The most heartbreaking was a boy of about 17 to whom we delivered a wheelchair. He had no feet due to a reprisal against his family (in which the older male members of his family were all murdered).

Doom (1)

Databass (254179) | more than 5 years ago | (#22186982)

If science fiction/fantasy has taught me anything, it's that cybernetic marines are AWESOME! Especially if there are any space demons nearby that need killing.

I for one... (1)

sm62704 (957197) | more than 5 years ago | (#22186996)

I, for one, welcome our new cybernetic overl...

Hey wait a minute, I'm a cyborg! Never mind.

Incoming Transfer Orders (1)

MacarooMac (1222684) | more than 5 years ago | (#22187034)

Lance Corporal Joshua Bleill, please report to the OCP building for your Detroit patroll briefing.

Fire! (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22187036)

From TFA:

Because of built-in motors, the Bluetooth legs allow Bleill to walk longer before he tires.

"We've compared walking several laps in both sets of legs and one, your legs come out burning and tired and these, you know, you sometimes are not even breaking a sweat yet."

The only downside is when his new legs are burning, it's because they used sony batteries.

Re:Fire! (1)

supertsaar (540181) | more than 5 years ago | (#22187380)

Ahaha, whoever you are, that made me laugh :)

I can't wait... (1)

EB FE (1208132) | more than 5 years ago | (#22187080)

'til someone hacks into his legs. W-w-w-why am I walking off this cliiiiiiiiiffffff....

Clearly this is a lie (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 5 years ago | (#22187182)

He was given the legs so we can finally be rid of Chuck Norris.
Once the OSI has accomplished that goal, they will turn the legs off.

We have the technology! (1)

dalmiroy2k (768278) | more than 5 years ago | (#22187212)

Newsreel announcer: We have the ships. We have the weapons. We need soldiers. Soldiers like Lieutenant Stack Lumbreiser...
Lt. Lumbreiser: Over the target area now, Captain.
Newsreel announcer: ...and Captain Carmen Ibanez.
Carmen: This is the captain speaking. All personnel prepare for drop.
Newsreel announcer: Soldiers like Private Ace Levy and Lieutenant John Rico.
Johnny Rico: Come on you apes, you wanna live forever?
Newsreel announcer: We need you all. Service guarantees citizenship.

Ahead of their time... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22187236)

Let this be a lesson to all of you who don't believe Monty Python was ahead of their time. The Ministry of Silly Walks foretold of this occasion ages ago!

Bluejacking... (1)

Chris Snook (872473) | more than 5 years ago | (#22187374)

...just got a lot more interesting.

Hack-a-Leg (1)

AndyKron (937105) | more than 5 years ago | (#22187384)

I wonder how secure the wireless connection is. Could be good for some mean-spirited fun.

Our strength of phanatiques (1, Troll)

mi (197448) | more than 5 years ago | (#22187406)

The technology — both in engineering as well as in management and other "humanities" — is our strength against the fanatics, who derive their considerable strength from their firm beliefs.

This is why we have a chance to prevail, where Soviet Union failed, for example, for they had neither beliefs nor the technology...

Remote Control? (2, Interesting)

Safrax (697056) | more than 5 years ago | (#22187414)

If his legs get bluejacked does this make him the worlds first remote controlled human?

Hmmmmm..... (3, Funny)

IHC Navistar (967161) | more than 5 years ago | (#22187440)

The chips send signals to the artificial joints via bluetooth?

To FORWARD WALK, press 1.
To FORWARD RUN, press 2.
To BACKWARD WALK, press 3.
To BACKWARD RUN, press 4.
To KICK LEFT, press 5.
To KICK RIGHT, press 6.
To move SIDEWAYS LEFT, press 7
To move SIDEWAYS RIGHT, press 8

If you have fallen and can't get up, press 9. An Operator will be with you shortly. Please hold, your call is important to us. Calls will be answered in the order they are recieved. (plays "Runnin' With The Devil" as hold music).

If controls fail to respond, press CTRL+ALT+DEL.

Nothing could possibly go wrong. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22187528)

Can we please stop using that tag on [i]every[/i] new technology? When did /. get choked with Luddites?

Spinal Cord injuries (2, Insightful)

BigJClark (1226554) | more than 5 years ago | (#22187580)

I wonder if this technology can be mutated such that it can give people with spinal cord injuries similar locomotion. Mutated in such a way not to require amputation, of course. Interesting.

Yarrrr!!! (2, Funny)

dburr (92379) | more than 5 years ago | (#22187616)

Shiver me timbers! I betcha Captain Bluetooth [wikipedia.org] will be wantin' one of these to replace his peg leg!

whatcouldpossiblygowrong (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22187648)

STOP.

You know what is sad? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22187660)

I don't think the average American has a freaking clue how many Vets there are walking around(or not) that have been disabled or horribly maimed due that God forsaken war. If they did it wouldn't be 60-70% that want the war to end, it would be more like 99.99%. Politicians would stop clamoring about how tough they are with regards to "The war on terrorism" and they'd be falling over themselves to get our troops home. But no, those FUCKERS would rather talk about the terrible prospect of "losing". We already lost, bring our Troops home.

I wonder... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22187838)

if his legs will make the "disconnect" sound when he sits down?

Custom Firmware? (1)

Ididerus (898803) | more than 5 years ago | (#22188002)

Can he get some hacked firmware to make himself DDR world champ?

What no holster? (1)

corifornia2 (1158503) | more than 5 years ago | (#22188026)

Shit, alex murphy would be so unpleased.

stoooopid reporter (1)

JDHannan (786636) | more than 5 years ago | (#22188046)

Marine: Yeah, the legs are miracles of science. They follow eachother and let me walk like I never thought possible Reporter: Wait wait waitwaitwait wait a minute. This uses BLUETOOTH?!

Help! Grommit! (3, Funny)

spitzak (4019) | more than 5 years ago | (#22188056)

It's the wrong trousers, and they've gone wrong! Help!

But... (1)

kitsunewarlock (971818) | more than 5 years ago | (#22188066)

Will it help him kill again? D:

Predicted by Wallace & Grommit? (1)

adrn01 (103810) | more than 5 years ago | (#22188222)

Hope the security on these are good, otherwise...

Grommit!! Help!! It's the WRONG PANTS!!!
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