Robotic exoskeleton arms

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16 Responses to “Robotic exoskeleton arms”

  1. Keneke says:

    More like: “Get away from my exoskeleton, you bitches!”

  2. mdh says:

    You have 5 seconds to comply.

  3. IndexMe says:

    @ackpht I wonder if vibration could induce such resonances, perhaps from wind, running water or shifting rock in such a disaster zone.

  4. efergus3 says:

    Bob also came up with the waterbed.

  5. Spoom says:

    That engineer is thinking to himself, “Haha, the fools have no idea how close I am to RULING THE WORLD!”

    Next step: an army of robotic Richard Simmonses.

  6. Anonymous says:

    This will come in handy once we discover the Alien homeworld. In the meantime, maybe we can use it to battle the C.H.U.D.S.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Finally, the answer to the important question …

    … “Where’s WALDO?”

  8. frijole says:

    “The prime use for the arm will be in heavy lifting and loading, where wheeled vehicles are unable to operate but aliens need to be thrown out airlocks,” Shirogauchi said.

    There, I fixed it.

  9. ackpht says:

    Just don’t turn your back on the thing while you’re swapping out an AE-35 unit.

    To stay in a stable control region, there will always be some lag between input and output movements. Otherwise the device might interpret its own movement as a control input and it would quickly run amok. This would be distressing enough to observe close up, but if you were wearing the device at the time…

    The biggest engineering issues are likely to be actuator mass, power supplies (mass and volume thereof), and how to deal with waste heat. If you accept an exoskeleton tethered by power and cooling cables, the problem is much simpler.

  10. bcsizemo says:

    I wonder what the lag time on input to movement is? From the exo-frames I’ve seen so far that seems to be the biggest issue with getting a fully working suit. I think something like what Ripley had would be nice, joystick input. Or at least something to decouple the direct movement of your hand with that of the robot. (Similar to playing a video game, you quickly learn to compensate for any delays probably because it’s not seen as a natural movement. You don’t move your thumb to jump, so your brain wires the thumb movement to seeing the object move, not necessary feeling it with your whole body.)

  11. HaltingPoint says:

    Frankly with all the geeks here I’m shocked nobody has made the connection to Exo-Squad…possibly the best cartoon ever. Real shame they never made a live-action movie out of it.

  12. BarelyFitz says:

    This, and the loader in Aliens, was pre-dated by the Matt Helm movies:
    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3635/3604987534_5948d543b2_o.jpg

  13. phisrow says:

    So, anybody else want to take up a collection to have the buttoned-down looking Japanese engineer scream “Get away from her, you bitch!” and flail those arms wildly?

  14. Anonymous says:

    I could really use this to eat my cream of wheat.

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