"Cybernoid" Arm Wrestling

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    The swank HAL (“Hybrid Assistive Limbs”) Cybernoid from Cyberdyne Inc. at the World Technology Summit today.

    Developed at the University of Tsukuba, here are some of the photo captions from their promotional materials:

    “Robot suit makes you a superman”
    “With the Robot suit, we can push objects with big power.”

    And next to a photo of our friend above carrying a lady like a newlywed couple:
    “Let’s enjoy the princess holding!!”

    MattL, semuta22, Relativity is relativ, and 6 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Todd Huffman 102 months ago | reply

      I too welcome our cybernetically enhanced angsty teenage overlords!

      Was there any functionality to the suit? Or cosmetics only?

      Cybernaut Plug: I got to model some functional tech at SIGGRAPH, a bluetooth cell phone accessory outfit that transmitted hugs to friends outfits over the cell networks. There were sensors that picked up a hug, and actuators that recreated the hug.

      Made by these people: www.cutecircuit.com/now/projects/wearables/fr-hugs/

    2. sprklg 102 months ago | reply

      How do they keep the "big power" suit from ripping the wearer's limbs to pieces?

    3. jurvetson 102 months ago | reply

      oddwick: What? Lifting ladies is not functional?

      another quote: "HAL has hidden potential to create various application fields and to become a huge business."

      Sparky: They claim that it senses muscular intent from weak electical signals in the skin. So it moves in sync to amplify your motions.

      The 100 volt system lasts 2 hours.

    4. Vanita 102 months ago | reply

      This appears to be haute couture of Ripley's worksuit unit in Aliens.

      a_178SigourneyWeaver

      She arm wrestled that alien queen right out into space.

    5. The Rocketeer 102 months ago | reply

      Just imagine how far you could flick a booger with that thing!

    6. Todd Huffman 102 months ago | reply

      2 hours, pretty nice. That is getting into a workable range, as long as you can stay tethered most of the time and just need to pull away for limited periods.

      Lifting girls? Literally or figuratively? With robo-muscles like that, I can tell Charles Atlas to shove it!

    7. jurvetson 102 months ago | reply

      Great images! We all want to be like Ripley/Atlas... even Dr. Frankenfurter

      Vanita: that's you in the Alieness suit... but.... the outfit looks very, uh, male....

      oddwick: Literally! Maybe there is a common dream of doing the "honeymoon carry"... and now you can with a quick strap-on of the robo-suit.

      As an aside, the Estonians have a much simpler innovation for that market need...
      World “Wife Carry” Championships

      I can't parse the Japanese to find the "princess lifting" picture.

    8. varohaub 102 months ago | reply

      Here's the FAQ all babelfish'd out for those of us who don't speak Japanese. Of course, if you don't speak babelfishese, you still might find it difficult to read. ;)

    9. Vanita 102 months ago | reply

      Vanita: that's you in the Alieness suit... but.... the outfit looks very, uh, male....

      No kidding!!! What the heck is that, the on/off switch?!
      '-}

    10. AMagill 102 months ago | reply

      Of course it's the Japanese that lead the way toward development of mechas. :)

    11. Solitaire1 [deleted] 102 months ago | reply

      I rather think a charming smile carries far more weight :) eeh haw

    12. Victor1 102 months ago | reply

      The guy carrying the tub of water was just in 'The Sharper Image 2' aka "Time" magazine.

    13. Tomi Tapio 68 months ago | reply

      I hope they add sound effects to the HAL suit.

    14. Tayne 60 months ago | reply

      I saw the cyber-suit on James May's Big Ideas.
      The idea behind the development was for care workers to be able to lift elderly and disabled patients.
      I have a friend who put her back out lifting her elderly father and ended up making a decision on her car purchase based on the ease of getting him in and out of it.

    15. cesarharada.com 49 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called www.flickr.com/groups/1361821@N25/, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    16. David Cowie 41 months ago | reply

      I saw the cyber-suit on James May's Big Ideas.
      The idea behind the development was for care workers to be able to lift elderly and disabled patients.

      Hospitals already have hoists for lifting those people out of bed/chair/wherever. It wouldn't be practical for care workers to take them in and out of their clients' homes (the hoists that I have seen are heavy) but I'm not sure that the power suit would be much better. Get suit out of car, put it on, lift Mrs Jones out of bed, take suit off because it alarms the client, make her a cup of tea, put suit back in its box ...

      I have a friend who put her back out lifting her elderly father and ended up making a decision on her car purchase based on the ease of getting him in and out of it.

      Good move.
      --
      Seen next to a fellow photo of the group "It's All Wrong". (?)

    17. Tayne 41 months ago | reply

      David - Think of residential care. One or two suits are a lot more practical and useable than one heavy hoist.
      I'd be willing to bet money those suits will get a lot smaller and more discrete over time.

    18. David Cowie 41 months ago | reply

      The hoist being heavy is not a problem in a hospital or a purpose-built care home, because the hoist has wheels and the hospital or PBCH has smooth, level floors for pushing wheelchairs and beds around.
      In a private house or a care home that's been converted from some other purpose, then I can see how the suit could have the advantage. In the end it will probably come down to how much they cost, and how keen whoever pays for things is to keep infirm people in their own homes, instead of putting them into care.
      --
      Seen in my recent comments. (?)

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