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(Maine Morning Sentinel)   Maine man takes 400 hours and $2000 to build "high-tech" Iron Man suit. The big question is can he walk at all, or if he moves will he fall?   (onlinesentinel.com ) divider line
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2013-08-19 08:13:42 AM  
Lobo doesn't need your pansy iron man tech.
 
2013-08-19 08:14:06 AM  
I hear the suit is so heavy he can barely move, so he just stares at the world.
 
2013-08-19 08:31:40 AM  
+1 subs, for the Sabs ref.
 
2013-08-19 08:33:13 AM  
Can he see or is he blind?
 
2013-08-19 08:39:53 AM  
I'd like to know where he built it, and what materials he used.
 
2013-08-19 08:42:15 AM  

PizzaJedi81: I'd like to know where he built it, and what materials he used.


A basement, which is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike a cave.
 
2013-08-19 08:44:54 AM  

DerAppie: PizzaJedi81: I'd like to know where he built it, and what materials he used.

A basement, which is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike a cave.


Uh-huh, uh-huh.

And as to the materials?
 
2013-08-19 08:51:30 AM  

PizzaJedi81: DerAppie: PizzaJedi81: I'd like to know where he built it, and what materials he used.

A basement, which is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike a cave.

Uh-huh, uh-huh.

And as to the materials?


Refuse and leftovers.
 
2013-08-19 08:53:19 AM  
Interestingly, this kind of thing isn't terribly uncommon. Historical 're-enactors' have attempted to re-construct old tech repeatedly, finding holes in the historical theories that supposedly describe them. For example - The Romans didn't march with their great big bristly-helmets on, as it's impossible to wear a full pack AND wear the helmet. This suggests that the packs were dumped and the helmets donned only in combat, and largely for troop orginization.
 
2013-08-19 08:55:10 AM  

PizzaJedi81: DerAppie: PizzaJedi81: I'd like to know where he built it, and what materials he used.

A basement, which is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike a cave.

Uh-huh, uh-huh.

And as to the materials?


I believe there was a BOX. OF SCRAPS.
 
2013-08-19 08:55:59 AM  
Lemieux's repulsors, which light up and sound like the ones in the movie, are activated by a biometric system that reads the electrical impulses in his forearm. The effect is that, when Lemieux raises his palm, the repulsor is deployed.

A little cool, but he probably didn't need to "build" a repulsor. Likely women raised their own hand up instead.

400 hours and $2000 to build a foam suit.... in his mom's basement I bet.
 
2013-08-19 09:00:03 AM  

Weatherkiss: Lobo doesn't need your pansy iron man tech.


Done in one. (Fragged in one?)

The suit seems seriously cool though.
 
2013-08-19 09:00:43 AM  
First and foremost, we need to ask the big question: this guy- has he lost his mind?
 
2013-08-19 09:09:58 AM  
Can he see out of those eye slits or is he blind?
 
2013-08-19 09:15:16 AM  
I'm just worried he's going to kill the people he once saved.
 
2013-08-19 09:18:45 AM  

PizzaJedi81: DerAppie: PizzaJedi81: I'd like to know where he built it, and what materials he used.

A basement, which is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike a cave.

Uh-huh, uh-huh.

And as to the materials?


Scrapple
 
2013-08-19 09:28:02 AM  
FTA: Lemieux has preprogrammed a sound board that synthesizes his voice into a robotic approximation of the movie character. The sound board is also equipped with various audio clips, allowing Lemieux to evoke certain movie scenes or have brief conversations with supporting characters.

www.frombearcreek.com
 
2013-08-19 09:29:01 AM  

armchair_critic: Lemieux's repulsors, which light up and sound like the ones in the movie, are activated by a biometric system that reads the electrical impulses in his forearm. The effect is that, when Lemieux raises his palm, the repulsor is deployed.

A little cool, but he probably didn't need to "build" a repulsor. Likely women raised their own hand up instead.

400 hours and $2000 to build a foam suit.... in his mom's basement I bet.


According to TFA, it was in his dad's basement.

So you're not too far off.
 
2013-08-19 09:35:53 AM  
IRONically, Robert Downey Jr. hasn't worn the suit since the first movie.  It was too much of a pain in the ass, and apparently easier to just do CGI.
 
2013-08-19 09:37:41 AM  
Just put him on a hand truck.

www.doctordisney.com
 
2013-08-19 09:54:27 AM  
i1.wp.com
 
2013-08-19 09:56:50 AM  
'Hightech' meaning LEDs which have existed for over half a century....


Anyone can tape cardboard and LEDs to themselves, is the only difference that this guy painted the cardboard?
 
2013-08-19 09:59:23 AM  

minnesotaboy: [i1.wp.com image 800x607]


Putty Man.
 
2013-08-19 10:01:29 AM  

Best Princess Celestia: 'Hightech' meaning LEDs which have existed for over half a century....


Anyone can tape cardboard and LEDs to themselves, is the only difference that this guy painted the cardboard?


So you didn't read TFA and you're a dick.
 
2013-08-19 10:46:35 AM  

PizzaJedi81: I'd like to know where he built it, and what materials he used.


Looks like the man's being busy in Pepakura as the initial parts are card/paper stock and they even have an Iron Man armour on their site.   Some of it looks metal or machined though and there is far too much wiring shown in the gauntlets to just run a couple of blue LEDs for the 'repulsors' so he might be trying to go for some sort of power assist.

Good luck to him in that case.

/Link to Pepakura and the people who make it:   http://www.tamasoft.co.jp/pepakura-en/
 
2013-08-19 11:11:03 AM  

minnesotaboy: [i1.wp.com image 800x607]


I did not know that Pepper Potts was pregnant, is that from the last movie?
 
2013-08-19 11:17:06 AM  

"Iron Man"


Has he lost his mind?
Can he see or is he blind?
Can he walk at all,
Or if he moves will he fall?
Is he alive or dead?
Has he thoughts within his head?
We'll just pass him there
why should we even care?

He was turned to steel
in the great magnetic field
When he travelled time
for the future of mankind

Nobody wants him
He just stares at the world
Planning his vengeance
that he will soon unfurl

Now the time is here
for Iron Man to spread fear
Vengeance from the grave
Kills the people he once saved

Nobody wants him
They just turn their heads
Nobody helps him
Now he has his revenge

Heavy boots of lead
fills his victims full of dread
Running as fast as they can
Iron Man lives again!

Black Sabbath

 
2013-08-19 11:20:19 AM  
Until someone build a suit that can actually do something like fire a rocket from a forearm or shoulder mounted compartment it is all just halloween crap. I leave Halloween for the Weens........
 
2013-08-19 11:23:21 AM  
It doesn't look like he's finished. In fact, it doesn't look like he's nearly finished. But I'll give him credit... what he's done so far looks really cool.  I hope we see a followup when it's done.
 
2013-08-19 11:23:49 AM  

Vaneshi: Some of it looks metal or machined though and there is far too much wiring shown in the gauntlets to just run a couple of blue LEDs for the 'repulsors' so he might be trying to go for some sort of power assist.


Photos like that are never staged. Ever. When I was working at a startup a journalist from a local paper interviewed the CEO and took a picture. It was just meant to look impressive: there was nothing under the microscope and the stuff in the background was just random crap.
 
2013-08-19 11:24:03 AM  

Vaneshi: PizzaJedi81: I'd like to know where he built it, and what materials he used.

Looks like the man's being busy in Pepakura as the initial parts are card/paper stock and they even have an Iron Man armour on their site.   Some of it looks metal or machined though and there is far too much wiring shown in the gauntlets to just run a couple of blue LEDs for the 'repulsors' so he might be trying to go for some sort of power assist.

Good luck to him in that case.

/Link to Pepakura and the people who make it:   http://www.tamasoft.co.jp/pepakura-en/


Maybe I'm reading wrong, but I thought TFA said he made it out of foam rubber.
FTFA "The suit, made of sheets of foam rubber,"

Also reporter fail here on the second page of TFA.
"Lemieux has another thing in common with the fictional Tony Stark. One of the biggest mistakes of Stark's career was the creation of Ultron, a robot of fearsome intelligence that dedicated itself to wiping out all biological organisms, Terminator-style. "

Last I checked, Pym created Ultron. They may be retconning it in the movies to have Stark create him, but we don't know that yet.
 
2013-08-19 11:24:57 AM  
-1 for not printing the parts with a 3D printer.
 
2013-08-19 11:25:03 AM  

shifter_: Until someone build a suit that can actually do something like fire a rocket from a forearm or shoulder mounted compartment it is all just halloween crap. I leave Halloween for the Weens........


You can do that with sufficient time and money, the problem is it'd end up looking more like War Machine as you don't have the space in an IM suit for it all (unless you use CGI like in the movies).  You could build it bigger I suppose but balance and visibility would be an issue with out a lot of practice moving around to get used to it.

I will give the guy some credit he does seem to be trying to build it as a decorated exo-skeleton which does push it up beyond the usual Halloween/cosplay stuff.
 
2013-08-19 11:30:18 AM  

Begoggle: -1 for not printing the parts with a 3D printer.


Exactly. Someone needs to tell this Luddite to get with the program. Probably by telegraph or semaphore or something. How one stays so far behind the times is a mystery.
 
2013-08-19 11:30:26 AM  

Dingleberry Dickwad: Maybe I'm reading wrong, but I thought TFA said he made it out of foam rubber.
FTFA "The suit, made of sheets of foam rubber,"


True but going straight to the foam would mean a lot of wastage and unnecessary expense whilst sizing everything to take the electronics he wants to put in.  The finished article is foam rubber/metal but I would deeply suspect the initial prototypes used to test build and size it were paper.    It's what most people building an Iron Man costume do initially.
 
2013-08-19 11:30:46 AM  

Weatherkiss: Lobo doesn't need your pansy iron man tech.


Logan thinks your Lobo is a pussy.

i220.photobucket.com
 
2013-08-19 11:40:01 AM  

Weatherkiss: Lobo doesn't need your pansy iron man tech.


Ya mean someone Log...

TV's Vinnie: Weatherkiss: Lobo doesn't need your pansy iron man tech.

Logan thinks your Lobo is a pussy.

[i220.photobucket.com image 497x763]


I see this was already covered.
 
2013-08-19 11:44:57 AM  

Dingleberry Dickwad: Vaneshi: PizzaJedi81: I'd like to know where he built it, and what materials he used.

Looks like the man's being busy in Pepakura as the initial parts are card/paper stock and they even have an Iron Man armour on their site.   Some of it looks metal or machined though and there is far too much wiring shown in the gauntlets to just run a couple of blue LEDs for the 'repulsors' so he might be trying to go for some sort of power assist.

Good luck to him in that case.

/Link to Pepakura and the people who make it:   http://www.tamasoft.co.jp/pepakura-en/

Maybe I'm reading wrong, but I thought TFA said he made it out of foam rubber.
FTFA "The suit, made of sheets of foam rubber,"

Also reporter fail here on the second page of TFA.
"Lemieux has another thing in common with the fictional Tony Stark. One of the biggest mistakes of Stark's career was the creation of Ultron, a robot of fearsome intelligence that dedicated itself to wiping out all biological organisms, Terminator-style. "

Last I checked, Pym created Ultron. They may be retconning it in the movies to have Stark create him, but we don't know that yet.


Actually that would make a lot more sense (for a movie) then introducing a new suite of characters.  Maybe a spinoff of the drones from Iron Man 2, or the Destroyer from Thor.  Or maybe the writer doesn't know shiat about comics.
 
2013-08-19 11:50:34 AM  

wookiemonster: IRONically, Robert Downey Jr. hasn't worn the suit since the first movie.  It was too much of a pain in the ass, and apparently easier to just do CGI.


*cough*
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hl_P0ZhG7P8">http://www.youtube.com/w atch?v=hl_P0ZhG7P8
 
2013-08-19 12:08:29 PM  

Dingleberry Dickwad: Best Princess Celestia: 'Hightech' meaning LEDs which have existed for over half a century....


Anyone can tape cardboard and LEDs to themselves, is the only difference that this guy painted the cardboard?

So you didn't read TFA and you're a dick.


Show me in the article where he's capable of flight, scanning objects, lifting increased weights or not shorting out from getting hit with the spray from a hose---really anything that isn't just lighting up an LED.
 
2013-08-19 12:10:22 PM  
What's this "maker" shiat? Seriously?
 
2013-08-19 12:11:29 PM  

rubi_con_man: Interestingly, this kind of thing isn't terribly uncommon. Historical 're-enactors' have attempted to re-construct old tech repeatedly, finding holes in the historical theories that supposedly describe them. For example - The Romans didn't march with their great big bristly-helmets on, as it's impossible to wear a full pack AND wear the helmet. This suggests that the packs were dumped and the helmets donned only in combat, and largely for troop orginization.


Thanks. That really tied in well with the fact that Iron Man is a fictional comic book character.
 
2013-08-19 12:17:36 PM  

Best Princess Celestia: Dingleberry Dickwad: Best Princess Celestia: 'Hightech' meaning LEDs which have existed for over half a century....


Anyone can tape cardboard and LEDs to themselves, is the only difference that this guy painted the cardboard?

So you didn't read TFA and you're a dick.

Show me in the article where he's capable of flight, scanning objects, lifting increased weights or not shorting out from getting hit with the spray from a hose---really anything that isn't just lighting up an LED.


FTA:
"Lemieux's repulsors, which light up and sound like the ones in the movie, are activated by a biometric system that reads the electrical impulses in his forearm. The effect is that, when Lemieux raises his palm, the repulsor is deployed. "

A fair bit bit better than taping on some LEDs with 9-volts.  :/
 
2013-08-19 12:23:24 PM  
Subby knows the low-hanging fruit is often the sweetest
 
2013-08-19 12:26:51 PM  

TV's Vinnie: Weatherkiss: Lobo doesn't need your pansy iron man tech.

Logan thinks your Lobo is a pussy.

[i220.photobucket.com image 497x763]


... is that a post-coital smoke? O.o
 
2013-08-19 12:29:27 PM  

Best Princess Celestia: Dingleberry Dickwad: Best Princess Celestia: 'Hightech' meaning LEDs which have existed for over half a century....


Anyone can tape cardboard and LEDs to themselves, is the only difference that this guy painted the cardboard?

So you didn't read TFA and you're a dick.

Show me in the article where he's capable of flight, scanning objects, lifting increased weights or not shorting out from getting hit with the spray from a hose---really anything that isn't just lighting up an LED.


Show me in the article, besides the headline, where they say it's more than just a high tech costume.
Then go on to actually read the rest TFA and you'll find out what's high tech about it instead of reading a headline and coming in and being a dick just because you can.

/yeah yeah, welcome to fark
 
2013-08-19 12:31:04 PM  

armchair_critic: Lemieux's repulsors, which light up and sound like the ones in the movie, are activated by a biometric system that reads the electrical impulses in his forearm. The effect is that, when Lemieux raises his palm, the repulsor is deployed.

A little cool, but he probably didn't need to "build" a repulsor. Likely women raised their own hand up instead.


FTA: In the meantime, Lemiuex spends many of his waking hours either actively creating his suit, or thinking about it while working a night shift at MaineGeneral Medical Center's Thayer campus as a sterilization technician.

I don't think women wanting nothing to do with you actually counts as sterility.
 
2013-08-19 12:36:20 PM  
>
When he gets a good idea at work, he scribbles it down on a sheet of paper to take back to the multi-room finished basement of his father's house, where he lives.
>

I was going to give the guy a hard time about this but in these days economy I can't really fault the guy.   A good friend of mine is moving his mother in to live with his family, she is selling her house and using the proceeds to fix up HIS house with a furnished small cottage attached to his house with a hallway which also features another entrance. I think it is a very reasonable idea that benefits her and his family.
 
2013-08-19 12:36:35 PM  

ItachiNai: Best Princess Celestia: Dingleberry Dickwad: Best Princess Celestia: 'Hightech' meaning LEDs which have existed for over half a century....


Anyone can tape cardboard and LEDs to themselves, is the only difference that this guy painted the cardboard?

So you didn't read TFA and you're a dick.

Show me in the article where he's capable of flight, scanning objects, lifting increased weights or not shorting out from getting hit with the spray from a hose---really anything that isn't just lighting up an LED.

FTA:
"Lemieux's repulsors, which light up and sound like the ones in the movie, are activated by a biometric system that reads the electrical impulses in his forearm. The effect is that, when Lemieux raises his palm, the repulsor is deployed. "

A fair bit bit better than taping on some LEDs with 9-volts.  :/


Not terribly. From the information available, its just an on/off thing which isnt hard to do. If he could change the color or intensity by mere thought, that would be something of note.
 
2013-08-19 12:39:27 PM  

Caelistis: +1 subs, for the Sabs ref.


Let me join in with the props-giving; I felt the particular lyric subs used was very appropriate too.
 
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