Friday, May 07, 2010

How Close Are We to a Real Ironman?

In a recent Dvice article I was reading a question by a writer that basiclly asks, since IM2 is now in the theaters, just how close are we to having an Iron Man powered exoskeleton? It seems, closer than you might have imagined.



Creator: Lockheed Martin

Powered by: Four lithium ion batteries, 48-hour operation

What it does: ...system allows a soldier to travel 10mph while carrying a 200lb payload


2. HAL-5 (hybrid assistive limb)

Creator: Tsukuba University (Japan) (even now seeing limited use)

Powered by: Waist-mounted 100-volt battery pack

What it does: uses electrodes resting on the operator's skin to analyze muscle movements, and then enhances the wearer's strength by up to five times what it'd normally be.


3. Trojan T Series

Creator: Troy Hurtubise

Powered by: Helmet-mounted, solar-powered battery packs

What it does: Not a true powered exo/suit. Batteries power radio and range finders and even air conditioning, sometimes called a Halo suit because of it resemblance to the video game "Halo" suits. In truth may be too cumbersome to be practical.


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5 real Iron Man prototypes in the making

5 real Iron Man prototypes in  the making

Iron Man 2 hits theaters today, telling a tale about a man in a suit of armor who flies around like a jet and shoots energy bolts from his palms. In the real world, we're not quite there yet, but you may be surprised just how close we are to an Iron Man of our own.

Powered exoskeletons are mostly sought after to enable the soldiers of tomorrow, who will be able to lift hundreds of pounds and run for miles without breaking a sweat. Beyond that, though, they could save lives in the wake of a terrible disaster, or even perform smaller miracles such as helping the paralyzed walk again.

Continue reading to check out five exoskeletons that do all that and more.


Rosehippi said...

It is virtually impossible to read black letters against a dark blue back ground... Call me picky but if you want what you've written to be read, I'd suggest either white letters on a dark back ground or black letters on a white background. I'd love to be able to read what was written... curiosity and the cat and all of that.

Beam Me Up said...

Thanks for the input and I will pass this comment on to the person doing the coding.

What is odd is I am not seeing what you are. the main articles for me are white background black letters..
The stuff to the right is black on blue but that is just the same ole same ole that I have always had. But anyway, I will have her look into your request and I will get back to you when the changes are made to see if reading is easier.

Beam Me Up said...

The only place I see on the blog that is black on blue is the very outside text, none of the articles. Those are still Black Letter on White background. The blog guru said

his browser is set to over ride the website and/or he doesn't have the required version of java, flash

and also wondering about your browser version? Stuff like that...because to be honest I dont think I am seeing what you are.