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nieh
06-07-2005, 04:33 PM
Japan unveils "robot suit" that enhances human power

Tue Jun 7, 2:59 AM ET

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan has taken a step into the science-fiction world with the release of a "robot suit" that can help workers lift heavy loads or assist people with disabilities climb stairs.

"Humans may be able to mutate into supermen in the near future," said Yoshiyuki Sankai, professor and engineer at Tsukuba University who led the project.

The 15-kilogram (33-pound) battery-powered suit, code-named HAL-5, detects muscle movements through electrical-signal flows on the skin surface and then amplifies them.

It can also move on its own accord, enabling it to help elderly or handicapped people walk, developers said.

The prototype suit will be displayed at the World Exposition that is currently taking place in Aichi prefecture, central Japan.

Japan has seen a growing market for technology geared toward the elderly, who are making up an increasing chunk of the population as fewer younger Japanese choose to start families.

A government report last week showed that pensioners made up a record 19.5 percent of the country's population in 2004 and that the ratio will grow rapidly, surpassing 35 percent in 2050.

Here's a picture (http://news.yahoo.com/photo/050607/photos_tc_afp/050607065916_w1q0bmte_photo0;_ylt=AuvxB8WEzFfXpuVf fkKOLZmOOrgF;_ylu=X3oDMTA3bGk2OHYzBHNlYwN0bXA-)

JohnnyNemesis
06-07-2005, 04:36 PM
In lieu of a more intelligent contribution to this discussion, I'm just gonna say the first thing that came to mind:

THAT IS SOME BUGGED OUT SHIT, SON!

Homer
06-07-2005, 04:37 PM
They better not give the police that stuff....

nieh
06-07-2005, 04:45 PM
They better not give the police that stuff....

why not...?

Homer
06-07-2005, 04:46 PM
why not...?

well... not to all of those stereotypical L.A.P.D. cops anyways...

TheUnholyNightbringer
06-07-2005, 04:53 PM
I'm reminded of Future Cop: LAPD.

nieh
06-07-2005, 04:54 PM
what reason would they have for giving something like that to a cop in the first place? I mean, maybe SWAT, but not a regular cop.

TheUnholyNightbringer
06-07-2005, 04:54 PM
Oh, I think it'd be fun. Two teenagers writing graffiti on a wall and being violently crushed by huge clawing arms.

voodoomagik
06-07-2005, 04:55 PM
Mr. Morgan Freeman, Here's Your Suit....

Homer
06-07-2005, 04:57 PM
Oh, I think it'd be fun. Two teenagers writing graffiti on a wall and being violently crushed by huge clawing arms.

oh, yes, that would be fun.

Endymion
06-07-2005, 05:20 PM
THAT IS SOME BUGGED OUT SHIT, SON!
http://www.csulb.edu/%7Erjames/4chan/1103822675075.jpg

HornyPope
06-07-2005, 05:23 PM
This isn't related to the robot who throws the first pitch tonight in the Pirates-Orioles game tonight, is it?

HornyPope
06-07-2005, 06:19 PM
You missed it. The story here (http://www.postgazette.com/pg/05158/516819.stm)

Mota Boy
06-08-2005, 08:00 AM
http://www.pip.com.au/~paceman/Graphics/stephenhawking.gif