They're actually called *cyberdyne*? Good grief...
(in anticipation of everyone else who said the same thing, I thought of it first! I'm just slow.)
Japanese scientists developing a powered exoskeletal suit intended for "heavy labour", "rescue support at disaster sites" and use by the disabled or elderly - not to mention applications in "the entertainment field" - have taken their equipment out for a test drive on the streets of Tokyo. Here's a vid of the trial: As can …
I suppose a leg only bends in a few different ways so the changes or serious damage to the user should the device not stop moving are slight -- but with the degrees of freedom in the arm joints being in some degree dependant on the position of other joints (at least in the inflexible) I can foresee some nasty injuries should these things go wrong.
Yes but, when will this 'Tech' pan out to build bigger things, like Gundam's and other Super Robots like Mazinger
/r/ Colony Drop Icon, till then I guess I'll run with Hand Grenade.
Take that you dirty Earthers!
I'd expect they're hand/custom made (if you see what I mean) at the moment as such are stupidly expensive, like a car before mass production.
They seem to be making relatively rapid progress, how long until they can make something they can put on a production line and make real money out of though?
...to try their darndest to put the concept of the mech (or mecha, depending on who you ask) into real life. To their credit, the concept is proceeding along utilitarian lines primarily--mobile enhancement and labor assistance. And they're not making any promises or timelines--getting these things into more managaeble forms will probably be at least another decade. As long as it remains a manned machine, I say best of luck to them.
It looks like it'll really be helpful to use in physiotherapy and maybe even help some elderly people, but still, I want to know how they can get away with calling themselves Cyberdyne (same goes for the IRobot company). Both companies have no mention of leasing the rights to the names or using it under a license, which would be the usual licensing method of showing its being used under license.
I thought I would ask, as I'm now the Director of Starfleet.
It looks like the current iteration of the device is better suited to the male walking gait than that of the female - it looks decidedly clunky in it's movements on the lady demonstrator....
Oh, and add me to the legion of people wondering about their choice of business and product names.
Paris because her walking gait gets altered by other means!
Aint it fine how the title for El-Reg articles instill wonderful images in your minds eye?
Theres me thinking they'd be at least running around, jumping high into the air and over long distances, punching holes thru brick fifty feet off the ground, knocking small office blocks to the ground, battling each other, launching surprisingly slow moving missiles and fricking laser beams at each other, all whilst devastating the ward of Chiyoda into rubble.
...now imagine the disappointment watching that vid.
"Human only gets older and weaker after they grow up, and it is unavoidable. To be able to live a meaningful remaining time depends on the existence of technologies."
wasnt this the base of the technologies for william gibsons pandoras star books?
alien because, well read the books
to develop versions that- while they may lack the battery longevity- worked much faster and allowed, say, improved jumping?
Or strap another set to your arms and go around punching holes in walls?
What evidence was there that those were working powered-exoskeletons on the video as opposed to an early effort at a Halloween costume?
It's been almost a week since you did this story and still no one has mentioned the obvious fact that this is little more than a move towards building our first Cylons. So the end of the world, etc is upon us.. so much for pig flu signaling the Apocalypse, we're going to go out in blood bath of our own devising.
No doubt when the last 20K or so humans create a rag tag fleet and head off into the deep black yonder, we'll pass that other lot coming the other way..