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(Break)   Things are never as cool in real life as they are in the movies, but these real life Iron Man like exoskeltons are pretty close   (break.com) divider line 8
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2708 clicks; posted to Geek » on 20 Sep 2013 at 3:47 PM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-09-20 04:17:40 PM  
But do they come in hot rod red?
 
2013-09-20 04:23:00 PM  

Intelligent_Donkey: But do they come in hot rod red?


Sigourney Weaver made yellow and black stripes look hot.

/I'll have what she's having.
/C'mon, just build some giant robots already. You know we want them.
 
2013-09-20 04:33:57 PM  
Good lord, this stuff is awesome... likely only able to be fielded near established facilities or well equipped and developed positions.

Then again, if you hit that depot... be prepared for a half dozen guys who can run around for 8 hours pretending to be Ventura from Predator.
 
2013-09-20 04:42:42 PM  

Cinaed: likely only able to be fielded near established facilities or well equipped and developed positions.


With a fuel cell or small motor you could probably run one for a few hours.
That's good enough to be deployed with mechanized infantry and artillery units.

Another solution is to build the suit bigger so it holds a larger power source and larger motors.
Build a giant robot and it could probably self deploy for days at a time.
 
2013-09-20 04:48:03 PM  
So, theoretically rather than use the load carrying capacity for water/food medical/survival/camp gear you could substitute 200 pounds of armor and sensors.

And as long as the soldier is fully encased in armor and the suit reacts to muscular commands - the next question becomes "Why have the soldier in there at all" - tele-presence those grunts and have them sleep in their own beds at night.

/I'm guessing the rig would have trouble balancing itself but it's not a huge leap from this to unmanned (but piloted) ground "soldiers".
 
2013-09-20 10:07:57 PM  

Fizpez: So, theoretically rather than use the load carrying capacity for water/food medical/survival/camp gear you could substitute 200 pounds of armor and sensors.

And as long as the soldier is fully encased in armor and the suit reacts to muscular commands - the next question becomes "Why have the soldier in there at all" - tele-presence those grunts and have them sleep in their own beds at night.

/I'm guessing the rig would have trouble balancing itself but it's not a huge leap from this to unmanned (but piloted) ground "soldiers".




There are social reasons for keeping a human inside. This is a machine for protecting men while they interact with other humans after all. There is also a political reason for avoiding drones in many situations.

The technological reason would be that a soldier can see and respond better in person, just like a human fighter pilot is still more capable than a program.
It also makes the system less vulnerable to jamming or hacking attacks and weather interference. Something a robot can't do unless you plan to have it drag a hemisphere cable around.

/I know that, for the sarcos rig, making it automated was one of their goals.
/so you can step out of your armor and send it in on its own, if need be.
 
2013-09-21 02:18:06 AM  

way south: I know that, for the sarcos rig, making it automated was one of their goals.
/so you can step out of your armor and send it in on its own, if need be.


That could never go wrong...
 
2013-09-21 07:19:42 AM  

Brainsick: way south: I know that, for the sarcos rig, making it automated was one of their goals.
/so you can step out of your armor and send it in on its own, if need be.

That could never go wrong...




Well, in a way it's also kind of practical.

Say your team is driving along and you happen across a suspicious looking box in the road. You might have armor, but there might be an artillery shell ied in that thing.

In the old days you'd have to wait for a disposal team, halting progress for hours.
Now you plug a thousand foot control cable into someone's empty suit and send it in there to get a closer look. See if you need help or if its just a box of groceries that fell off some locals truck.

Without wireless networking the machine is still un-hackable, but you can still use it like a drone.

Like has been said: To make a self supporting suit of armor you've done all the work it would take to make a man shaped drone. Why not take advantage of that?

/with wireless it could get all kinds of interesting...
/troops don't have to stop fighting just because they are wounded or dead.
 
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