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Panasonic exoskeletons

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chico haasPerson was signed in when posted
06-13-2003
12:43 PM ET (US)
88: Maybe THAT"S the one Bush should try.
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mikkcatchallPerson was signed in when posted
06-12-2003
05:58 PM ET (US)
Hey, use the AltaVista BabelFish translator to read site--copy and paste text.

I'd like to monitor progress on this project. If anyone finds the URL to the company's Web site, please post. Thanks.
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extra88Person was signed in when posted
06-12-2003
04:07 PM ET (US)
If you just want to get to the average eye level, Dean Kamen's iBot (I think the name preceded the "i" fad started by the iMac) is a motorized chair capable of doing that. It works by balancing on the back two wheels. It's balancing code led to the Segway's balancing code (another Kamen invention). Apparently you can give someone a decent push while balanced and they won't tip.

http://www.msnbc.com/news/285231.asp

I don't think such an exoskeleton would help someone who is paralized since it's meant to augment the force the person's own muscles provide. If you can't move your legs at all, there's no force to augment. I think the exoskeleton would be more for those who had basic motor control but atrophied muscles. Maybe it would help astronauts recover after extended missions.
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chico haasPerson was signed in when posted
06-12-2003
12:04 PM ET (US)
Got a quad buddy who says wheelers would most like to interact with everyone else at the same heighth. This thing is ridiculously bulky, but so was eniac. I refuse to say it's a good first step. Slam dunk he'd use the flamethrower.
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SuppaflyPerson was signed in when posted
06-12-2003
11:57 AM ET (US)
the japanese are always looking for ways to bring anime to life.. I personally can't wait until they start making giant eva's.
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WootPerson was signed in when posted
06-12-2003
11:56 AM ET (US)
Just read @lph@m@le's post -- that's very funny! Love it!
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WootPerson was signed in when posted
06-12-2003
11:55 AM ET (US)
It has to be said, the last week or so have been great on BoingBoing -- I've especially enjoyed all the tech stuff. Exoskeletons really appeal to me, augmenting the muscles I have with custom hydro or pneumatic limbs is hella cool and makes so much sense to a guy who uses a Tungsten|T to augment his memory.
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@lph@m@lePerson was signed in when posted
06-12-2003
11:44 AM ET (US)
my japanese is a little rusty, but i think that the site said that the project is on hold until a suitable subject is found. I think they're looking for a police officer who was crippled in an armed burglary that kills his entire family.... plus they have to add on the flamethrower.
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Zed LopezPerson was signed in when posted
06-12-2003
10:34 AM ET (US)
Two words:

Mecha prototype.
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DopPerson was signed in when posted
06-12-2003
10:11 AM ET (US)
Anyone have a translation?
Sounds like a great idea, if they can get it to work.

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