March 11th, 2004, 04:32 AM
Robotic Legs = Super Troops
BERKELEY, Calif. - Move over Bionic Man and make room for BLEEX — the Berkeley Lower Extremities Exoskeleton, with strap-on robotic legs designed to turn an ordinary human into a super strider
Ultimately intended to help people like soldiers or firefighters carry heavy loads for long distances, these boots are made for marching.
"The design of this exoskeleton really benefits from human intellect and the strength of the machine," says Homayoon Kazerooni, who directs the Robotics and Human Engineering Laboratory at the University of California-Berkeley.
The exoskeleton consists of a pair of mechanical metal leg braces that include a power unit and a backpack-like frame. The braces are attached to a modified pair of Army boots and are also connected, although less rigidly, to the user's legs.
More than 40 sensors and hydraulic mechanisms function like a human nervous system, constantly calculating how to distribute the weight being borne and create a minimal load for the wearer.
"There is no joystick, no keyboard, no push button to drive the device," says Kazerooni, a professor of mechanical engineering. "The pilot becomes an integral part of the exoskeleton."
wasen't this a movie? First it was Tees to put your balls on when your driving now robotic legs. whats next, spincter controlled voice boxs so you can talk threw your butte...like me
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March 11th, 2004, 06:53 PM
Sounds like a huge step in the right direction. Mechs all the way dammit, mechs all the way.
March 11th, 2004, 08:35 PM
Maybe not, makes people more powerfull and more means more danger. We'll see what comes out of this. I like the idea, use the boots to help people, but they can also be used in wars.
Sounds like a huge step in the right direction.
March 12th, 2004, 11:33 AM
I heard a lot of shops are already piloting robotic 3rd legs they are calling them Vibr.... er, I forget.