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Postby Mr. Tines » Thu Oct 05, 2006 4:25 am

http://www.livescience.com/technology/060928_power_suit.html

More like Ripley's powerloader than a Labor or Gundam, but it's getting there
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Postby BobBQ » Thu Oct 05, 2006 9:46 am

Not exactly new news, but it's nice to see that they're still working on it. Not as flashy as the Land Walker, but it holds a good deal of promise.

I vaguely remember an American company (GM?) building a four-legged mecha back in the 60's or 70's. Anyone know what I'm talking about?

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Postby Faußtin » Thu Oct 05, 2006 11:44 am

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Link, please. Interesting stuff it seems to be. :D

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Postby BobBQ » Thu Oct 05, 2006 1:55 pm

Faußtin wrote:@BobBQ
Link, please. Interesting stuff it seems to be. :D

I dearly wish I could find one.

What I remember is a grainy black-and-white photograph in a book, maybe one of the many that Time/Life published decades ago, showing a four-legged mechanical walker operated by a man sitting in a cockpit in the center.

The photo showed the device in mid-step, so I assume it functioned to some degree, but I can't remember anything else about it.

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Yatta! Found it!

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The Walking Truck, built by General Electric in 1968 to carry infantry equipment over rough terrain. Weighing a ton and a half and moving at four miles per hour, it was controlled through foot pedals with computer assistance.

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Postby Mr. Tines » Thu Oct 05, 2006 2:17 pm

Some bibliography of previous work in the field here

http://ijr.sagepub.com/cgi/content/refs/25/5-6/561

Note the 1960s dates for things like the Hardiman project. What's interesting is that it is Japan which has taken most of the work in the field since. The noteworthy thing about the recent link above is that the device is now self-contained (even if it only has a 30 minute battery life).
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Postby Hunter21 » Thu Oct 05, 2006 4:03 pm

The US military has been pouring millions of dollars into powered exoskeletons for some years now. Unfortunately they aren't exactly forthcoming on their developments. As for the BLEEX system, it isn't entirely dead over in the US as some of the research is being used for the medical project LOPES (LOwer-extremity Powered ExoSkeleton).
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Postby Faußtin » Fri Oct 06, 2006 8:28 am

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Now wait a second... they've made that almost fourty years before, right? And it look kinda useful, right? They were at that point in 1968. Where could they be by now...??? Holy crap... :shock:
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Postby drinian » Fri Oct 06, 2006 10:13 am

Where are we now? Try this out for a ride, or maybe just kick it.

There's also an aborted amateur attempt at a mecha out there.

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Postby Hunter21 » Fri Oct 06, 2006 11:58 am

drinian wrote:Where are we now? Try this out for a ride, or maybe just kick it.

:lol: Damn that freaky looking thing gots better moves than most of the people on this board probably :lol:
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Postby Faußtin » Sat Oct 07, 2006 8:08 am

drinian wrote:Where are we now? Try this out for a ride, or maybe just kick it.

At first I thought that two guys are in that metal stuff, but then I had to realize that it is real!!! This is awesome! It can stand still even if it got a tough kick!!! Thats big!!! O.O
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Postby Mr. Tines » Sat Oct 14, 2006 3:46 pm

Also - life-like texture ;_;

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Postby Faußtin » Tue Oct 17, 2006 2:01 pm

It won't let me pass. And I smell $ around... *shiver*
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Postby Hexon.Arq » Tue Oct 17, 2006 2:15 pm

Iran'll get one.

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Postby slothen » Tue Oct 17, 2006 2:21 pm

totally old news

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Postby BobBQ » Tue Oct 17, 2006 4:01 pm

Theatrical props don't count; they can't support their own weight or move under their own power.

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Postby ssetbob7 » Wed Oct 18, 2006 5:46 am

I smell mecha for future military purpose. Man and his creations will kill us all, we can already destroy our planet to bits if we wanted to!

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Postby Faußtin » Wed Oct 25, 2006 3:40 pm

Yeah! Lets play "fusion reactor" in the core of the Earth! It'll be a big show, though only for a second! :D
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Postby Mr. Tines » Sun Oct 29, 2006 6:18 am

Now they're doing Nausicaa's jet glider as well!

http://www.petworks.co.jp/~hachiya/works/OpenSky.html

Needs a proper cosplay, though.
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Postby Hunter21 » Sun Oct 29, 2006 7:01 am

Mr. Tines wrote:Now they're doing Nausicaa's jet glider as well!

http://www.petworks.co.jp/~hachiya/works/OpenSky.html

Needs a proper cosplay, though.


Quite right. And a bug whistle would be nice too, not too sure I want to see an ohmu though. :lol:
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Postby Mr. Tines » Thu Jan 04, 2007 5:50 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbFFs4DHWys

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