View Full Version : Wearable Suit Said to Make You Stronger

Wes Mantooth
05-03-2009, 11:13 PM

This is about the closest thing to a Superman suit we've seen. Put it on, say its creators, and the motorized Hybrid Assistive Limb can "expand and improve physical capability" up to tenfold in activities such as walking, standing and climbing stairs.

Through a sensor attached to the skin, "HAL" captures faint biosignals on the skin's surface that result from messages sent from the brain to muscles when a person attempts to move. A computer analyzes how much power the wearer intends to generate, then calculates the amount of torque needed to put limbs into action.

Especially noteworthy here is that the suit responds to intended motion, rather than actual motion.

"This is what we call a 'voluntary control system' that provides movement interpreting the wearer's intention from the biosignals in advance of the actual movement," according to Cyberdyne, the Japanese company that will soon begin manufacturing the cybernetic suits for about $4,200 apiece, possibly making it the first such wearable device aimed at civilians.

The company was formed by Yoshiyuki Sankai, a professor at the University of Tsukuba who is heading up research on HAL, which he says has the advantages of both robot and cyborg. Sankai says he was inspired by reading Isaac Asimov's "I, Robot" as a child.

Given the response to steroid use in professional sports, don't expect to see athletes competing in this performance-enhancing suit any time soon. HAL is currently being used by people in Japan with weakened muscles and disabilities related to strokes and/or spinal cord injuries. It's also expected to report for heavy-labor duty support at factories, as well as rescue support at disaster sites.

Cyberdyne says the suit won't wear you down, as the exoskeleton supports its own weight. The latest battery runs for five hours under "normal activities," which we assume does not mean mountain climbing.

Great, so who's the genious who named their bionic suit after villian computer name (HAL) and also name their company (Cyberdyne) after the company who brings about the apocolypse in the Terminator movies?

05-03-2009, 11:22 PM
the end is nigh

05-03-2009, 11:23 PM
If it makes you feel better it was created by the Japanese for their soon to be geriatric population.

05-03-2009, 11:35 PM
Good thing I have Sara Connor's email.

Wes Mantooth
05-03-2009, 11:50 PM
Good thing I have Sara Connor's email.

Which means Cyberdyne has her email. She's good as dead.

Wes Mantooth
05-03-2009, 11:52 PM
If it makes you feel better it was created by the Japanese for their soon to be geriatric population.

So we are going to have a bunch of geriatric Terminators running around trying to take over the world. Great. They are going to be mouthing off in a calm voice saying "Dave, I don't think you should do that" and stuff.

Moreno Knows Best
05-04-2009, 07:18 AM
Which means Cyberdyne has her email. She's good as dead.


Beantown Bronco
05-04-2009, 07:38 AM
How long before they release the optional add-on tentacles?

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Garcia Bronco
05-04-2009, 08:06 AM
I already have this suit. It's awesome, but I call it my birthday suit.

05-04-2009, 08:19 AM
Interseting suit. Now if they could improve the power source and make it more pratical to wear, say something like a exosuit that can be wear like a shirt and pants then i might go get one. It would be like a real life Metal Gear Solid suit.

05-04-2009, 02:15 PM
Can the suit play Nose Tackle?

05-04-2009, 03:22 PM
This suit could turn Wilford Brimley into Jay Cutler.

05-04-2009, 03:23 PM
talk to me when it injects bacon into my stomach