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(BBC-US)   Introducing the 'Iron Man' exoskeletons that we will soon be breaking our limbs and killing MMA fighters with   (bbc.com) divider line
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2021-04-12 4:13:40 AM  
Handy for alien infestations I guess.
 
2021-04-12 7:12:33 AM  
Long, long ago, when Usenet roamed the land, an engineer posted the following sage comment on the prospect of an exoskeleton:

"I'm not testing the damn thing. I don't want my elbow folded backward because someone forgot to convert to unsigned."
 
2021-04-12 7:56:20 AM  
It'd be nice to have something like this for my mother since RA really has done a number on her over the years and most of her joints are artificial units making her recovery from a fall in December that much harder.
 
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2021-04-12 8:20:05 AM  
Iron Man 2 - Hammer Tech Oh Shit!!
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2021-04-12 8:35:30 AM  
Read "how can we get workers to do more work, more cheaply & with fewer expensive injuries?"

Car manufacturers can't get robots yet that'll do certain jobs, as the tech's not yet there, but they can't work humans like robots because humans are prone to injury and fatigue, which has a direct correlation to reduced productivity. Their solution? Add robotics to humans!

Yeah. Can't friggin' wait.
 
2021-04-12 8:39:05 AM  

Nimbull: It'd be nice to have something like this for my mother since RA really has done a number on her over the years and most of her joints are artificial units making her recovery from a fall in December that much harder.


The depressing part is that the article couldn't give a fawn's fetid fewmet about that usage. Instead, it focuses on employers looking to adopt this technology, to increase productivity & output. They throw in the "knee brace for walkers & hikers" bit right at the end, but the rest of the article focuses on what companies are looking to adopt which exotechnology items, and discussing the capabilities of those items framed in a workplace setting.

The unspoken bit, of course, is that there isn't a healthcare insurer in the land that's going to shovel out $45K for one of these.
 
2021-04-12 8:52:05 AM  

Nimbull: It'd be nice to have something like this for my mother since RA really has done a number on her over the years and most of her joints are artificial units making her recovery from a fall in December that much harder.


As someone with chronic joint problems, I would love this sort of thing too...as things are not gonna get easier the older I get. But no one cares about this aspect of it... its gonna be how can we make people work like slaves.

The medical aspect will be available to people who can afford to pay out the ass, however.
 
2021-04-12 8:53:31 AM  

sorceror: Long, long ago, when Usenet roamed the land, an engineer posted the following sage comment on the prospect of an exoskeleton:

"I'm not testing the damn thing. I don't want my elbow folded backward because someone forgot to convert to unsigned."


Ucsd to work in QA.  Don't worry, that's where we come in.  We're expendable!
 
2021-04-12 9:44:04 AM  
I'm already on the low tech bandwagon for doing yardwork.

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2021-04-12 10:36:27 AM  
Have it come with a catheter and it will be perfect for Amazon.
 
2021-04-12 10:36:27 AM  

Nimbull: It'd be nice to have something like this for my mother since RA really has done a number on her over the years and most of her joints are artificial units making her recovery from a fall in December that much harder.


This.

Funny how the focus of this stuff is always about worker productivity and never about qualify of life, huh?
 
2021-04-12 10:49:22 AM  

Nimbull: It'd be nice to have something like this for my mother since RA really has done a number on her over the years and most of her joints are artificial units making her recovery from a fall in December that much harder.


Ditto. My mother is recovering from an incident where she fell outside, couldn't crawl back to the house, and didn't have her phone. Luckily a neighbor found her and called the medics. And my MIL has stability issues and is a fall risk. She's fallen twice without hurting herself but she doesn't have to mobility or strength to get herself back up.

That said, 10 / 15 years ago everyone was talking about exoskeletons for the aging population both here and, primarily, Japan. Interesting that the conversation moved away from quality of life to "how can we get more work from our cogs?"
 
2021-04-12 10:49:38 AM  

I am Tom Joad's Complete Lack of Surprise: Nimbull: It'd be nice to have something like this for my mother since RA really has done a number on her over the years and most of her joints are artificial units making her recovery from a fall in December that much harder.

This.

Funny how the focus of this stuff is always about worker productivity and never about qualify of life, huh?


One is about reducing cost, one is about increasing cost.  I'm not really really surprised, why are you?
 
2021-04-12 10:53:48 AM  
Once we outfit our patrol officers with this, they will finally stop fearing Black men and our traffic stops will become routine and safe!
 
2021-04-12 3:06:12 PM  

deadsanta: Once we outfit our patrol officers with this, they will finally stop fearing Black men and our traffic stops will become routine and safe!


They'll just upgrade to the SMRL & 500 rnd fully-automatic .50 caliber model. And opt-out of the automated laser-targeting system.
 
2021-04-12 3:34:30 PM  

I am Tom Joad's Complete Lack of Surprise: Nimbull: It'd be nice to have something like this for my mother since RA really has done a number on her over the years and most of her joints are artificial units making her recovery from a fall in December that much harder.

This.

Funny how the focus of this stuff is always about worker productivity and never about qualify of life, huh?


It will also be useful for the cops and military who have to dispose of surplus units of production who are angry at being bottom line redundancied
 
2021-04-12 5:33:54 PM  

KierzanDax: Nimbull: It'd be nice to have something like this for my mother since RA really has done a number on her over the years and most of her joints are artificial units making her recovery from a fall in December that much harder.

Ditto. My mother is recovering from an incident where she fell outside, couldn't crawl back to the house, and didn't have her phone. Luckily a neighbor found her and called the medics. And my MIL has stability issues and is a fall risk. She's fallen twice without hurting herself but she doesn't have to mobility or strength to get herself back up.

That said, 10 / 15 years ago everyone was talking about exoskeletons for the aging population both here and, primarily, Japan. Interesting that the conversation moved away from quality of life to "how can we get more work from our cogs?"


The conversation was hunting for funding. This is round three:
Round 1: Exoskeletons as military aid. Fell through because soldiers are cheap & expendable, but exoskeletons aren't.
Round 2: Exoskeletons as healthcare aid. Fell through because nurses & geezers are cheap & expendable, but exoskeletons aren't.
Round 3: Exoskeletons as industrial aid. Going to fall through because workers are cheap... well, you get the idea.
 
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