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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7351314.stm

Pretty Sweet suit

Here is a longer youtube video: http://youtube.com/watch?v=h2jlIRKswnQ



US army develops robotic suits

By Rajesh Mirchandani
BBC News, Utah

Rex Jameson, software engineer

On the big screen, films like Robocop, Universal Soldier and forthcoming release Iron Man show man-machines with superhuman powers. But in Utah they are turning science fiction into reality.
We are at a research facility on the outskirts of Salt Lake City, ringed by beautiful snow-capped mountains. Once they held the Winter Olympics here; now they are testing endurance in other ways.
The aluminium limbs gleam in the brilliant sunshine, as the strange metal skeleton hangs from a safety harness at the outdoor testing site. It seems to be treading water; actually its programme is telling it to keep the hydraulic fluid in its joints moving.
Rex Jameson, a software engineer here at laboratories run by Sarcos, the robotics firm which designed the XOS exoskeleton, steps up and into the suit.

Stephen Jacobsen, Sarcos
The lightweight aluminium exoskeleton, called XOS, senses Rex's every move and instantly moves with him; it is almost like a shadow or a second skin. It is designed for agility that can match a human's, but with strength and endurance that far outweigh our abilities.

With the exoskeleton on and fully powered up, Rex can easily pull down weight of more than 90 kilos, more than he weighs.
For the army the XOS could mean quicker supply lines, or fewer injuries when soldiers need to lift heavy weights or move objects around repeatedly. Initial models would be used as workhorses, on the logistics side.
Later models, the army hopes, could go into combat, carrying heavier weapons, or even wounded colleagues.

The XOS in action

There are still problems to solve, not least how to create a mobile power supply that can last an effective length of time.
But the US military expects to take delivery of these early prototypes next year, and hopefully deploy some refined versions within eight years.
It is a long way off before we see robot soldiers that can fly or fire missiles - like in the movies - but the designers are already imagining future versions more reminiscent of Hollywood.

This one is really cool to, it has been posted here before it's called "The Trojan" : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqa08UGZGtk
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oh yeah, I heard about this a couple of years ago, when it was still in the concept stages. They're also making guns with a camera on them, with a link to an eyepiece, so you can point your gun around a corner and shoot at a target without having to expose your body.
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Yup you see that at the end of the youtube video looks alot like something from metal gear solid 4 or the modern battlefield soldiers.
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oh yeah, I heard about this a couple of years ago, when it was still in the concept stages. They're also making guns with a camera on them, with a link to an eyepiece, so you can point your gun around a corner and shoot at a target without having to expose your body.


i remember seeing something like that as well..

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oh yeah, I heard about this a couple of years ago, when it was still in the concept stages. They're also making guns with a camera on them, with a link to an eyepiece, so you can point your gun around a corner and shoot at a target without having to expose your body.

Thats some Rainbow Six shit right thar.
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what happened to his face?

that looks kinda cool
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[quote="'[x"]Huffy[x]']Thats some Rainbow Six shit right thar.
Actually, it's for the French Army, so that they can point it over their shoulder and try and shoot the Germans while they run away.
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THAT IS AWESOME! One step closer to Crysis suits

Though I don't like the idea of it beinga robot if you step out of it. If it CAN be a robot, it means it has AI. If it has AI what it if malfunctions and accidently thinks it has no human inside, and does some awkward stretch, splitting the human apart. Tasty.
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oh yeah, I heard about this a couple of years ago, when it was still in the concept stages. They're also making guns with a camera on them, with a link to an eyepiece, so you can point your gun around a corner and shoot at a target without having to expose your body.


Isn't that Ghost Recon 2?
Were they not trying to make that a few years ago. How hard can it be to stick a mini cam on the end of your gun, and put a little computer near your eye?
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Isn't that Ghost Recon 2?
Were they not trying to make that a few years ago. How hard can it be to stick a mini cam on the end of your gun, and put a little computer near your eye?


It needs to be combat tested and sh*t. That can take a while.
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oh yeah, I heard about this a couple of years ago, when it was still in the concept stages. They're also making guns with a camera on them, with a link to an eyepiece, so you can point your gun around a corner and shoot at a target without having to expose your body.

yep dude that a israeli concept... search cornershot on youtube...
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It needs to be combat tested and sh*t. That can take a while.


Well, they sure are slow.
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Well, they sure are slow.


I doubt it's something they want to rush into...
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Actually, it's for the French Army, so that they can point it over their shoulder and try and shoot the Germans while they run away.




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Wow that and the models look straight out of Aliens (Alien 2) haha.


exactly what I thought


though I suppose they are probably a little more similar to the ones from Matrix revolutions
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That guy in the picture looks more like an uber ghost-buster
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I'm curious as to why they have to keep running around to take the ammo case off the platform. Why didn't they just get the guy in the suit to take it off again?
Surely that would be easier...

The suits at the end look pretty badass, funny to think that something that used to exist only in fantasy is now becoming a real life object.

edit: combining it with something like this would be awesome http://youtube.com/watch?v=xqa08UGZGtk&feature=related
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