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Mr. Anderson
Mar 11, 2004, 08:05 AM
http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/03/10/human.exoskeleton.ap/index.html

Great stuff and I'd love to try it out personally. :D

Although they might need to do a little cleaning up of the exposed cables and hydraulic tubes before they market this....

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agreenster
Mar 11, 2004, 08:51 AM
That is some crazy stuff.

Now if we only spent that much time trying to cure cancer...

wordmunger
Mar 11, 2004, 09:20 AM
That is some crazy stuff.

Now if we only spent that much time trying to cure cancer...

The article claimed that it had important applications in fire/rescue operations. I'm not saying we shouldn't spend time and money fighting cancer, but there are other important things to do as well.

JesseJames
Mar 11, 2004, 09:26 AM
Interesting. Makes me recall those loader machines in the movie 'Aliens' before they headed onto the planet and in the climax.
I don't know about fielding something like that for infrantrymen. Speaking as a former one, it's another gee-whiz-bang gadget that would just get in the way.
There's an old saying, "If you can't eat it, drink it, or shoot it, you don't want to carry it.". I'm sure you'd eventually have to carry the damn thing.
The most dear things for groundpounders is their weapon, squad-mate, artillery support, food and water, and most of all:their wits.

iGav
Mar 11, 2004, 09:28 AM
I wonder in the future they be able to replace the mechanical parts with Artificial Muscles that we discussed on here a while ago... that'd be really insane, like a pure technology extension of human capabilities.... so that rather than have a ridged metal structure, you pull on a pair of 'Power Pants'...

http://www.freshangles.com/fastforward/technobuzz/articles/89.html

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=54123&highlight=artificial+muscles

Mr. Anderson
Mar 11, 2004, 09:33 AM
There's an old saying, "If you can't eat it, drink it, or shoot it, you don't want to carry it.". I'm sure you'd eventually have to carry the damn thing.

But even if it was a couple guys carrying several hundred pounds of food or ammo to relieve a squad that you couldn't get to any other way...who knows. The applications are many and its not exactly something they'd be handing out to everyone.

I do see this as a first step towards an actual walking robot that keeps up with the soldiers.

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