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(New Scientist)   Cybernetic glove triples endurance. Strong interest from adult entertainment industry   ( divider line
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2004-10-07 11:03:31 PM  
What gives? No "find Sarah Connor" gag in the headline?
2004-10-07 11:14:38 PM  
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I love the cybernetic glove... it's so bad
2004-10-08 12:59:08 AM  
Bring on the virtual boobies!
2004-10-08 01:01:35 AM  
meh, too obviouse
2004-10-08 01:01:45 AM  
Didn't RTFA. That wasn't even close to what that headline made me expect.
2004-10-08 01:03:14 AM  
Cybernetics is a theory of the communication and control of regulatory feedback.

Was the submitter trying for 'cryogenic'?
2004-10-08 01:03:41 AM  
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2004-10-08 01:04:26 AM  
we need better lube or there'll be some serious problems with chafing. I know! I'll make a prize to spur research into new lube and it'll be called the XXX-prize. I'm brilliant!
2004-10-08 01:05:00 AM  
Cybernetic Cold glove triples endurance.
2004-10-08 01:05:02 AM  

You're terminated, farker!!!
2004-10-08 01:05:44 AM  
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Um this isnt a cybernetic glove... its a stupid cooling thing for you hands. And WTF is with that creepy looking yellow smiley face on the second hand cooler thingy.
2004-10-08 01:07:31 AM  

It's The Cheat, of course!
2004-10-08 01:09:51 AM  

Coolest invention EVER.
2004-10-08 01:11:20 AM  
I know what most farkers are thinking about this thing:
"That's great but will it make my dick bigger?"

I wonder which of them was the first to sneak back into the lab at night and fire that puppy up....
2004-10-08 01:16:03 AM  
That's great!
Hmmm, I wonder if it will make my dick bigger.
2004-10-08 01:16:47 AM  
hmm, inflation vs. shrinkage... let the battle begin.
2004-10-08 01:17:58 AM  
Not cybernetic. And here I thought we'd finally started coming up with decent augmentation. Boo, submitter. A pox on you and a plague o' both your houses.
2004-10-08 01:27:14 AM  
the cheat is not dead / i can't believe the cheat is not dead
2004-10-08 01:27:16 AM  
No increased penis size, but in other news you do get +3d6 crush damage. If you buy with the explosive knuckles, you get 4d6 punch damage to boot.

/Cyberpunk 2020 here we come...
2004-10-08 01:34:34 AM  
Before the adult jokes continue, and nobody will RTFA anyway, I helped test this thing back in school. It's really quite interesting. By varying the pressure around the blood vessels in the hands, you can deliver hotter/colder blood to the heart more quickly. The applications are big too - the project, IIRC, was sponsored by Gatorade and the DoD. After some baseline gymcycling, they strapped my hand into the pressure chamber and re-ran the test. You can push yourself a lot further without wearing down. There is also the potential to more safely revive hypothermic patients (gradually warm up circulation)
2004-10-08 01:35:41 AM  
let me know when they come out with a cybernetic condom.

Not that I need more endurance in that area..

/ok, yes...yes I do.
2004-10-08 01:39:52 AM  
Darkridr: *golf clap*
2004-10-08 01:42:02 AM  
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2004-10-08 01:49:32 AM  
This is just a glorified penis pump
2004-10-08 01:53:02 AM  
This is what George Costanza used when he was a hand model.

2004-10-08 01:53:20 AM  
What were those morans at Stanford thinking? This new device could lead to the extinction of kittens on this planet or most certainly put them on the endangered species list.
2004-10-08 02:06:16 AM  
With my luck I would have itchy balls and a glove with a broken stop button.
2004-10-08 02:06:56 AM  
I, as a woman, welcome the new Vagina For Men. :) Gives me more time to spend with the other women.... ;)
2004-10-08 02:08:55 AM  
So let me get this straight.

Stanford got an empty cd spindle cover, hooked it up to a vacuum cleaner, threw some ice into it and found that it could cool the body?

2004-10-08 02:10:07 AM  
So basically this thing cools your body by giving your hand a big cold hickey.
2004-10-08 02:14:23 AM  
This will revolutionize the sperm donation industry! Instantly-frozen mini-swimmers! Fap fap fap.
2004-10-08 02:15:26 AM  

Were you one of the guys on either the powerlifting or track teams? I would work out in Arrillaga at the same time as they would, and in between throwing around massive amounts of iron, they'd stick their hand in one of those things. If you were in fact one of those folks, you're a gigantic human being, and you should be proud of your ginormousness.

Also related. NSFW!!
2004-10-08 02:18:01 AM  
That is by far the coolest thing I've heard about all week. If they can actually get it down to a decent glove/boot housing, they deserve a Nobel prize of some sort.
2004-10-08 02:18:20 AM  
Terrymaster do they dump the heat from the water? It's a closed system, seems to me the water has to radiate that heat someplace if it's going to be cool when it comes back through the loop.
2004-10-08 02:20:20 AM  
Shame on you. You aren't supposed to win the thread with the second post.
2004-10-08 02:21:03 AM  

While tempting to bank on anonymity and say yes - actually the test group I was a part of was normal students. We didn't use Arrillaga (probably something to do with only athletes ever getting to use it.)
2004-10-08 02:25:03 AM  
"...developed a method for cooling that maximizes heat transfer through the palms of the hands.

We already have that here in Alaska.

It's called "Work outside during the winter with no gloves on."

On a more serious note, I wonder how much of this can be attributed to the placebo/witch doctor effect? "This glove will make me improve 10%? I think I can, I think I can..." Don't discount the power of the mind.
2004-10-08 02:26:19 AM  

Not sure. The device was (mostly) obscured from view during the test, and the tester was unwilling to say anything about the device until after the test was over (control). The glove was still an early prototype (looked a bit different too). Even then I wasn't terribly keen on asking, just getting my $20 for beer money that week.
2004-10-08 02:26:41 AM  
Needs more "I'd hit it with a power glove"
2004-10-08 02:28:52 AM  

Actually, you could have probably gotten away with anonymity, as I treated my interactions with those lifters as one would when dealing with a silverback gorilla: don't make eye contact, don't show any teeth, and no aggressive moves. I'm a decently big guy, but those folks gave me the willies. Especially the female. I saw some scary chick athletes during my time on the Farm, but that one lifter took the cake.

/very much misses watching the cross-country girls run past our field, though.
2004-10-08 02:30:55 AM  

I actually saw the device, and the lines running to and from the glove dump into a little box about the size of a large-ish vacuum cleaner, which in turn had a vent on the side.
2004-10-08 02:33:56 AM  

Definitely enjoyed watching the Girls swim team come in for flexibility training :)
2004-10-08 02:57:01 AM  
If you want to read an article with a little more information, including some pictures of an earlier prototype (terrymaster, does that look like what you used?) read this article.

Shameless plug:
2004-10-08 03:03:14 AM  
HOORAY 24 hours finally its about farking time i got to submit my crap!!!
2004-10-08 04:21:17 AM  
Thanks for the explanations. Sounds like they have a little refigeration system cooling the water. And of course they're going to have to find a way around that, I don't think anyone is going to be sewing a compressor into a t-shirt or uniform anytime soon.

It's interesting that they've found a particularly efficient way to cool the blood, but unfortunately I don't see much practical use. I can't think of a reasonable passive system that could dump the heat from the water, making it mobile and useful outside the lab.
2004-10-08 04:51:48 AM  
So, some nerds installed water cooling and overclocked themselves. Liquid nitrogen next?
2004-10-08 06:56:04 AM  

Peltier coolers might fit the bill, even though they do use quite a bit of power.
2004-10-08 08:04:16 AM  
The University of Miami used this glove last year in their come-from-behind victory over the Florida Gators.

Cheating bastards.
2004-10-08 08:14:53 AM  
Bam! Ice bag!

Er, how long 'till the supersoldiers of the future have to get a blood shunt installed, so it can be run through the nuclear-chip-powered peltier cooler?

Just keep Dolph away from the frozen foods section.
2004-10-08 08:42:14 AM  
Hmmmm. Very interesting. As a certified gym rat/musclehead, I wonder how long before I see these types of devices being used in the gym. You see these people now carrying around the power drinks, the shakes, the glowing green creatine, it never ends. Now people are going to be sticking their hands in ice vaccuums?

I've never done a supplement or a steroid because I consider them to be cheating, I would much rather be able to say that whatever I have I gained myself. But this treatment falls into a whole other category - its not exactly cheating by putting something foreign INTO your body, its just finding a new way to make it recover faster and unlock hidden potential.
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