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      CommentAuthortonymoore
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd 2007
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    turns grunts into super-grunts!

    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=109_1195663753

    -T
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      CommentAuthorMiss
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd 2007
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    For real? I could totally use one of those. You know you've got weak girly arms when it's a struggle to lift the milk from the fridge. Plus it'd be a lot easier to open jam jars with a bit of extra oomph. I say there's a market for this sort of thing for housewives and old ladies.
    Only then we'd be faced with a massive army of crazed super-strong cyborgrannies.
    • CommentAuthorcragum
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd 2007 edited
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    i love how proud the US military is about that suit, when they carefully neglect to mention that the crazy folks in japan are already renting them out to people
    Company behind the HAL series exoskeletons
    and the suit itself
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      CommentAuthorBen
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd 2007
     (133.4)
    Good god, they've got video finally. Is anyone else seeing the way the thing just wraps around him? How long until they armour those all the way around? Or at least on the backsides, if they still want the ability to step out of them.

    Man, reminds me of a video I saw a while ago of a guy doing backflips and bounding around on these things that were like ACTUAL moon shoes.

    Aah! Big Bouncing Cyborgrannies From Hell!
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      CommentAuthorBen
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd 2007
     (133.5)
    @cragum

    o.o Why oh why did I leave Korea. And why didn't I just go straight to Japan....
    • CommentAuthorcragum
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd 2007
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    @Ben
    you left korea because you're aware that the war between north and south korea has not yet ended and that kim jong il has threatened to end the armistice (it's a cease fire, lol)
    you didn't go to japan because they're xenophobes, and being hated by everyone around you tends to damper your day.
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      CommentAuthorBen
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd 2007
     (133.7)
    @cragum

    Yeah, the Taepodong-2 thing actually almost made me have a heart attack. My students at the time thought it was amazing and that they were aiming at Japan. Scary.
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeDec 4th 2007 edited
     (133.8)
    I've seen this video posted elsewhere, and I have to repeat what I said the first time - as cool as this thing is, it'll be ten, fifteen years before a true militarized version of this comes out, at least in a combat model. At this point, there isn't much a squad of armored soldiers can do on the battlefield that an unarmored squad can't do faster and cheaper. I'm not saying this isn't going to work, I truly believe it will. But we have a ways to go yet.

    That said, I want one with JUMP JETS. That'd make getting to class easier and more fun.
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      CommentAuthorVespers
    • CommentTimeDec 4th 2007
     (133.9)
    JUMP JETS

    Fuck yes. Assault squads are the best thing the SMurfs ever came up with...,
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      CommentAuthorSarpedon
    • CommentTimeDec 4th 2007
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    of course the Japanese appear to be about 5-10 years ahead on this. I'm pretty convinced by what I saw in the HAL video but it looks almost too polished to be for real.
    and really HAL? come on. at least they didn't put red lights on it and strap a guy named dave to the thing.
    "Pick up these bags of rice exoskeleton hal."
    "I'm sorry Dave, I can't do that."
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeDec 4th 2007
     (133.11)
    I think someone else already said this, but thank God for the Japanese and their love of cool gadgets and American dollars.