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(The Verge)   Amidst government financial shutdown, US military commissions real-life "Iron Man" suit   (theverge.com) divider line 81
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2013-10-10 12:11:31 AM
TALOS has been under development since May, if not earlier.
 
2013-10-10 12:35:04 AM
Ironic indeed.
 
2013-10-10 12:54:21 AM
Heck with military, let me know when it gets cheap enough that the NFL puts every player in one.
 
2013-10-10 02:34:34 AM
www.megafortress.com

One of the things they don't tell you as a young adult is that some of the things you read in technothrillers will turn out to be true. I think I'm going to have to dig this one off the shelf. He may have even called the liquid armor, which was pretty good given that he wrote it in 1998.
 
2013-10-10 04:15:10 AM

fusillade762: TALOS has been under development since May, if not earlier.


The Altmer will not be pleased.
 
2013-10-10 04:17:43 AM
The elderly will all be wearing exoskeletons in fifteen years.
 
2013-10-10 04:21:01 AM
FTA: the suit may use liquid armor, currently under development at MIT, which has the ability to transform from a "liquid to solid in milliseconds when a magnetic field or electrical current is applied."

So apply one electromagnet to imprison and capture an American solider?

Or are the joints not protected?
 
2013-10-10 04:23:31 AM

Twilight Farkle: [www.megafortress.com image 142x240]

One of the things they don't tell you as a young adult is that some of the things you read in technothrillers will turn out to be true. I think I'm going to have to dig this one off the shelf. He may have even called the liquid armor, which was pretty good given that he wrote it in 1998.


Larry Niven had similar armor in his Ringworld series novels long before that.
 
2013-10-10 04:24:22 AM

gnosis301: fusillade762: TALOS has been under development since May, if not earlier.

The Altmer will not be pleased.


Talos be praised brother!
 
2013-10-10 04:26:15 AM
nerdreactor.com
 
2013-10-10 04:26:34 AM
Let's say it works as described in the article.  Great--- if this were 300 years ago.  How will it prevent against barotrauma ?
 
2013-10-10 04:26:53 AM
Darpa's been working on exoskeleton concepts since the 1980s.  They've been using actual prototypes with powered legs and suits that hold armor and weapons for a long time, with prototypes in the press in the 1990s.  I'm not sure what some animation does to change that picture.  I do think a lot of progress was made due to prosthetic advances in the wake of our recent wars.  A grim way to learn, to be sure.

The thing with Iron Man is that he has that crazy "arc reactor" which powers electric thrusters and weapons called "repulsors" in the comic books.  That's fantasy.  That the Army wants to combine a new armor idea with robotic leg assistance is not quite as cool and shouldn't surprise anyone.

The tech to watch for is the drones.  The ones in the sky, the ones that are small, and the robots on the ground.  We are approaching a point where war loses the personal toll on Americans, which is a point that could lead to an industrialization on a scale I don't think is a good idea.

Obama's use of renditions, torture ships, the IRS to screw up his critics, the NSA to spy on Americans... all to a population that largely doesn't care... It's disturbing to think what a leader like that will do if he can go to war with robots.
 
2013-10-10 04:30:54 AM

Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: The elderly will all be wearing exoskeletons in fifteen years.


Oh, great. So now we'll have these crashing into open air markets, too?
 
2013-10-10 04:31:36 AM
They will spend billions on it when Tony Stark built it IN A CAVE, WITH A BOX OF SCRAPS
 
2013-10-10 04:34:37 AM

AlHarris31: They will spend billions on it when Tony Stark built it IN A CAVE, WITH A BOX OF SCRAPS


spec, tolerance/precision, etc.  They don't come free.
 
2013-10-10 04:35:45 AM
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-10-10 04:37:10 AM

Bendal: Twilight Farkle: [www.megafortress.com image 142x240]

One of the things they don't tell you as a young adult is that some of the things you read in technothrillers will turn out to be true. I think I'm going to have to dig this one off the shelf. He may have even called the liquid armor, which was pretty good given that he wrote it in 1998.

Larry Niven had similar armor in his Ringworld series novels long before that.


The Forever War by Joe Halderman had some really cool armor in it too.
 
2013-10-10 04:40:16 AM

fusillade762: TALOS has been under development since May, if not earlier.


GLORY TO TALOS!
 
2013-10-10 04:41:14 AM
Luckily, it's the US Government. The most trustworthy, honest folk around who would never, ever abuse such technology. Drones over American soil? What's a drone?

It's too bad there aren't any billionaires out there developing actual Stark tech just for the shiat and giggles of farking with the gov.

/Stark telling Shandling to go fark himself was the best bit of Iron Man 2
 
2013-10-10 04:46:07 AM
They need some work on the translator device

i.imgur.com
 
2013-10-10 04:47:21 AM

Arcanum: war with robots.


Arcanum: war with robots.
Arcanum: war with robots.
Arcanum: war with robots.


Arcanum: war with robots.




The musical
 
2013-10-10 04:50:34 AM
Everybody gets an IronMan suit under the ACA.  Study it out.  Thanks, 0bama!
 
2013-10-10 04:54:00 AM

robohobo: Luckily, it's the US Government. The most trustworthy, honest folk around who would never, ever abuse such technology. Drones over American soil? What's a drone?

It's too bad there aren't any billionaires out there developing actual Stark tech just for the shiat and giggles of farking with the gov.

/Stark telling Shandling to go fark himself was the best bit of Iron Man 2


not too many benevolent rich motherfarkers out there

/those that are usually keep their feet grounded
//metaphorically and literally
 
2013-10-10 04:55:17 AM

Arcanum: Darpa's been working on exoskeleton concepts since the 1980s.  They've been using actual prototypes with powered legs and suits that hold armor and weapons for a long time, with prototypes in the press in the 1990s.  I'm not sure what some animation does to change that picture.  I do think a lot of progress was made due to prosthetic advances in the wake of our recent wars.  A grim way to learn, to be sure.

The thing with Iron Man is that he has that crazy "arc reactor" which powers electric thrusters and weapons called "repulsors" in the comic books.  That's fantasy.  That the Army wants to combine a new armor idea with robotic leg assistance is not quite as cool and shouldn't surprise anyone.

The tech to watch for is the drones.  The ones in the sky, the ones that are small, and the robots on the ground.  We are approaching a point where war loses the personal toll on Americans, which is a point that could lead to an industrialization on a scale I don't think is a good idea.

Obama's use of renditions, torture ships, the IRS to screw up his critics, the NSA to spy on Americans... all to a population that largely doesn't care... It's disturbing to think what a leader like that will do if he can go to war with robots.


Kill less soldiers, for one thing.
 
2013-10-10 04:57:09 AM

Gyrfalcon: Kill less soldiers, for one thing.


robots are people, my friend
 
2013-10-10 05:04:31 AM
Sounds closer to the last generation Batman cape.
 
2013-10-10 05:20:28 AM

Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: The elderly will all be wearing exoskeletons in fifteen years.


Stomping all over farmer's markets, forgotten reading lenses perched on top of their helmets, ultra high speed knitting...the future is bright!
 
2013-10-10 05:26:27 AM
Welcome to the H.E.V. mark IV protective system, for use in hazardous environment conditions.

images3.wikia.nocookie.net

Now all I need is a crowbar.
 
2013-10-10 05:29:03 AM
The nice thing about a soldier in an iron man suit as compared to a drone is that, when we go to war with a China that manufactures all our electronic gear and whose teenage population is 50 percent apprentice electronics engineers, or with a Russia who runs our manned space program for us and whose teenage population is 50 percent malicious computer hackers, all our weapons don't immediately switch sides at the push of someone else's button.
 
2013-10-10 05:31:28 AM
So does it cure cancer, or does it give your dog indigestion?
 
2013-10-10 05:33:03 AM

Leader O'Cola: Let's say it works as described in the article.  Great--- if this were 300 years ago.  How will it prevent against barotrauma ?


.... waiting....
 
2013-10-10 05:33:03 AM

Martin The Mess: The nice thing about a soldier in an iron man suit as compared to a drone is that, when we go to war with a China that manufactures all our electronic gear and whose teenage population is 50 percent apprentice electronics engineers, or with a Russia who runs our manned space program for us and whose teenage population is 50 percent malicious computer hackers, all our weapons don't immediately switch sides at the push of someone else's button.


fitandstrongdads.com
 
2013-10-10 05:34:00 AM

Martin The Mess: The nice thing about a soldier in an iron man suit as compared to a drone is that, when we go to war with a China that manufactures all our electronic gear and whose teenage population is 50 percent apprentice electronics engineers, or with a Russia who runs our manned space program for us and whose teenage population is 50 percent malicious computer hackers, all our weapons don't immediately switch sides at the push of someone else's button.


Don't know about that. Iron man's been hacked a few times.
 
2013-10-10 05:45:04 AM

Twilight Farkle: [www.megafortress.com image 142x240]

One of the things they don't tell you as a young adult is that some of the things you read in technothrillers will turn out to be true. I think I'm going to have to dig this one off the shelf. He may have even called the liquid armor, which was pretty good given that he wrote it in 1998.


I turned around, looked at the bookcase and there it was....thanks for reminding me. I'm going to read that again today. Good book and love Dale Brown.
 
2013-10-10 05:54:54 AM

Arcanum: Darpa's been working on exoskeleton concepts since the 1980s.  They've been using actual prototypes with powered legs and suits that hold armor and weapons for a long time, with prototypes in the press in the 1990s.  I'm not sure what some animation does to change that picture.  I do think a lot of progress was made due to prosthetic advances in the wake of our recent wars.  A grim way to learn, to be sure.

The thing with Iron Man is that he has that crazy "arc reactor" which powers electric thrusters and weapons called "repulsors" in the comic books.  That's fantasy.  That the Army wants to combine a new armor idea with robotic leg assistance is not quite as cool and shouldn't surprise anyone.

The tech to watch for is the drones.  The ones in the sky, the ones that are small, and the robots on the ground.  We are approaching a point where war loses the personal toll on Americans, which is a point that could lead to an industrialization on a scale I don't think is a good idea.

Obama's use of renditions, torture ships, the IRS to screw up his critics, the NSA to spy on Americans... all to a population that largely doesn't care... It's disturbing to think what a leader like that will do if he can go to war with robots.


Clicked the "Smart" button after reading your first 3 paragraphs. Then had to un-click it after reading the 4th.
 
2013-10-10 06:01:30 AM

JonnyBGoode: Welcome to the H.E.V. mark IV protective system, for use in hazardous environment conditions.

[images3.wikia.nocookie.net image 294x704]

Now all I need is a crowbar.



i.chzbgr.com
Huh. That could work.
 
2013-10-10 06:02:06 AM
Batteries included?
 
2013-10-10 06:02:54 AM

fusillade762: Clicked the "Smart" button after reading your first 3 paragraphs. Then had to un-click it after reading the 4th.


yeah, it spiraled into frothing-mouthed lunacy at the end there.
 
2013-10-10 06:08:15 AM

Sid_6.7: Ironic indeed.


huh, took me a while to see why subby used the ironic tag

/I am ironic man, hitting hipsters with my garbage can
 
2013-10-10 06:10:37 AM
China better watch out.

images3.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-10-10 06:13:09 AM

Leader O'Cola: Leader O'Cola: Let's say it works as described in the article.  Great--- if this were 300 years ago.  How will it prevent against barotrauma ?

.... waiting....


I don't know, don't deploy it to scuba divers? What are you getting at? The majority of combat fatalities are still from small arms fire/shrapnel, not explosive shockwaves. There's never going to be a practical defense for "getting blown the fark up", but being impervious to small arms fire is still pretty important.
 
2013-10-10 06:21:17 AM
Will make its 1st seen grand arrival in large numbers for a live demonstration to control the disgruntled American Citizen !
 
2013-10-10 06:34:06 AM

Twilight Farkle: [www.megafortress.com image 142x240]

One of the things they don't tell you as a young adult is that some of the things you read in technothrillers will turn out to be true. I think I'm going to have to dig this one off the shelf. He may have even called the liquid armor, which was pretty good given that he wrote it in 1998.


Now all they have to do is get that electromagnetic stabilization to magically eliminate inertia and action/reaction from the built in suit railguns like in the novels.
 
2013-10-10 06:44:24 AM
I bet you could wrastle a bear in one of these suits.
 
2013-10-10 06:50:26 AM
s17.postimg.org
"Oh shiat, it's Talos. RUN AWAY!!"
 
2013-10-10 07:09:03 AM

dletter: Heck with military, let me know when it gets cheap enough that the NFL puts every player in one.


www.marvunapp.com
 
2013-10-10 07:10:30 AM
The project leader:
img12.imageshack.us
 
2013-10-10 07:36:56 AM

Arcanum: Obama's use  Governmental  use of renditions, torture ships, the IRS to screw up his critics, the NSA to spy on Americans... all to a population that largely doesn't care... It's disturbing to think what a leader like that will do if he can go to war with robots.


I was with you up to this last point. Really, none of this was ever conceived prior to the dark skinned president??????

/hint: none of this is really exclusive to the USA either
// your racism is showing
 
2013-10-10 07:37:41 AM
Yet another tech susceptible to EMP, interested when carbon nanotubes replace solid state components in electronics.
 
2013-10-10 08:11:23 AM
Endless War because we are exceptional and we'll stay that way even if we have to turn your home into a glass parking lot.

What other reason is there for armed services budgets as bloated at ours?  Besides corruption / graft / waste I mean.

Color me disgusted.
 
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