Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Exoskeletons

Sometimes I feel absolutely no hope for humanity, then I see something like this and my opinion completely reverses. Thanks to Rod Ellis on Twitter for this one.

6 comments:

robann said...

Reviews for that were shown on Bloomberg a few days ago. The best thing about the exosketeon is that it puts the user on the same level as everyone else - in a wheelchair their face is at bottom height.

Neal Asher said...

And that's a massive advantage people who walk probably don't get. Imagine, having been confined to a wheelchair for 19 years (like the woman in the clip) and being able to simply walk to your kitchen window and look out.

Another thing about these exoskeletons is physio-therapy aspect. They're actually moving their limbs.

vaudeviewgalor raandisisraisins said...

the future is amazing, if you can afford it. or soldiers.

might just eat everything and lay around for the hell of it though. let my roboskin (painted legs and arms silver wrapped in coathangers) do the work of wiping and picking up socks.

Neal Asher said...

Which reminds me, Vaude, I must put up a picture of my wife's cybernetic toenails.

Nuno said...

Can't even imagine the impact of this technology for that woman. We definitely take a lot of apparently unimportant things for granted.

Neil said...

What's good is that as battery tech in cars is improved, so will these devices get benefits.

If they can go mainstream for things like that, then the cost will come down.

Again another instance of a commercial system coming off the back of a military/nasa based development. All good I think.

I will be interesting to see where they are in 10 years.

Hopefully by then, some spinal injuries can be repaired as well.

All good.