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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 be …

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Terminator

WHAT

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.)

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Meaningful live

"To be able to live a meaningful remaining time depends on the existence of technologies"

Alternatively, cope with your ageing, be happy and comit suicide before 40.

EA

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Upgrades?

I want the liquid metal exoskeleton

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Cyberdyne

Brilliant. Shouldn't this be filed under Rise Of The Machines?

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We are Borg

Resistence is futile!

The more people that use these the more will need the upcoming enhanced artificial heart.

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£1360 a month!!!

What the hell are they made of ? mimetic poly-alloy ?

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Looking at the uniforms...

These look like they'd be good for keeping the Police men and women on the beat longer (hopefully they can be programmed NOT to stop at donut shops).

Alternatively, if they improve stability they'd be absolutely perfect for an extended pub crawl.

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HAL

I assume the choice of the name HAL was deliberate as well.

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What fail-safes do these things have?

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.

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It could be worse...

As projects come and go, this seems fairly safe and useful. Something like the Human Instrumentality Project, but with less of an impact.

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what does the video actually demonstrate?

It looks a bit like plastic things strapped to peoples' legs. They don't really show what having a set of these things does.

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Black Helicopters

To Hell with "Flying Reliant Robins", Where the Hell is my wakling Gundam?!?!

Yes but, when will this 'Tech' pan out to build bigger things, like Gundam's and other Super Robots like Mazinger

HAIL ZEON!

/r/ Colony Drop Icon, till then I guess I'll run with Hand Grenade.

Take that you dirty Earthers!

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@stu 4

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?

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Troopers

Is it just me or does anyone else think this would look awesome as part of a storm trooper costume?

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Awesome!

Next stop... Gundam!

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Anonymous Coward

WIN!

That's so win - you could be the leetest cyber in the goth club with some of that kit :D

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Ah...

Ah, my suit of Power Armour that I have been waiting for.

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Leave it to the Japanese...

...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.

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Knight Sabers...

..."sanjo!"

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Cyberdyne?!

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.

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Just don't try to run....

It'll tell you that it's afraid it can't do that. Dave.

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Cyberdyne and the Humanoid Control Project

The Cyborg terminators will be here before we know it .

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The wrong trousers?

Techno-trousers hit the Tokyo streets! Don't these people watch Wallace & Grommit?

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What a shit video!

What a shit video! All it shows is people waling around,nothing unusual or neding extra strength ... crap!!

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Missing footage

Where's the footage of them running and jumping and kicking in doors and stuff?

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poor fit ?

The girl looks like hers is poorly fitted - she looks extremely uncomfortable.

Either that or she is walking awkwardly for some other reason ....

Chose Paris because I'm sure she walks like this way pretty often ;)

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The Fools!!!

Don't they know it's only a matter of time before they go haywire and force them to kick Bishop Brennan- UP THE ARSE!!!

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Hmmm

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!

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For all us first aiders...

How are we supposed to take your pulse if you're fitted with a Continuous Flow Heart?

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@Colin re girl

This suit doesn't do well neither with her swivelling hips nor with bowlegs. Then again, all those guinea pigs look rather unconfortable in their legs.

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I for one...

...would like to welcome our power assisted pedestrian overlords

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@Charles9

But it wasn't the Japanese that got there first -- this very organ was reporting US Army cybersuits not so long ago...

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Unhappy

£1360 a month??

Not until I see somebody use them to leap over a tall building!

I watched the video with excited anticipation of just that... and am left bitterly disappointed.

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No skull masks ?

Looks like a bunch of half-cut, half-arsed, trick-or-treaters. Could at least have got hold of a few plastic scythes and a mask each.

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The Goodies, circa 1976

Didn't the Goodies invent robot shoes years ago?

Viz: power walking boots...

"2001 and a Bit" - Episode № 54 - Air date: 26 October 1976 (UK)

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Bindun

"They're techno-trousers, ex-NASA, fantastic for walkies! "

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i for one welcome our robotically limb-assisted overlords.......beats killer zimmerframes anyday

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Useless

Until I can hook a satnav into it, and have it walk me home after a hard night at my local.

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Boring vid!

Typical.

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.

Smashy smashy.

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...now imagine the disappointment watching that vid.

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Model Walk -FAIL

These are probably hired models.

The girl is trying the classic catwalk "model walk," where you cross your legs.

Not with that kit on, you won't.

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I for one

..am disappointed. By the time these become readily avalible I'll be an old man.

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Wheres May?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hand_Maid_May#Characters

I'd like to pre-order the 1:1 scale model please.

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Humanoid Control Project

Oh please, geriatric robs off license and delivers booze to teenage hacker!

BTW: Will they do them in black?

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Good Hip Action!

"The girl looks like hers is poorly fitted - she looks extremely uncomfortable.

Either that or she is walking awkwardly for some other reason ...."

Looks to me like she just has some nice girl hip action going - even in robot legs!

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technology with age?

"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

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That was CRAP!

That 'skeleton' doesn't look solid enough to carry any load.

And it wasn't properly fastened to add and support to the wearer, either.

The US Army model mentioned here earlier was clunky and suffered from poor batteries, but at least it worked.

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Wouldn't it have made sense

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?

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Happy

And to keep the anime themes going...

I want my MOSPEADA! (currently building a set of CVR-3 armour for cosplay)

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WTF?

Fake all of it

Does this mean that If I strap a couple of sticks to my Legs, then I too can get funding from the Japanese government?

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Looks like the morning after a Stormtrooper stag night

Man, where's my helmet? Vader's gonna kill me!

Helmet - dude you're down six sections of armour; you look like a "protocol droid" know what I'm saying?

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