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    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2009 edited
    ..called the HULC - Human Universal Load Carrier.

    The HULC is a completely un-tethered, hydraulic-powered anthropomorphic exoskeleton that provides users with the ability to carry 200lb loads for extended periods of time and over all terrains says Lockheed Martin. An onboard micro-computer enables the exoskeleton to move in concert with the wearer eliminating the need for a joy stick or other controllers. The HULC is capable of performing deep squats, crawls and upper-body lifting and potentially move where the wearer wants to go. Lockheed Martin says the modularity allows for major components to be swapped out in the field and its power-saving design allows the user to operate on battery power for extended missions.

    So if you've got 200 lbs of carrying capacity and a power supply on your back it occurs to me you add some sort of folding wheels and a power train and have a built-in scooter/segway.

    Of course, if you've got that carrying capacity and power supply and you're in the military the question arises of how small those battelfield laser systems can be shrunk.
    • CommentAuthorlooneynerd
    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2009
    I can see this being a huge boon in place like Afghanistan, where vehicular ground transport is impossible in some areas. Not as pretty as the HAL 5 the japanese are building, but still awesome!
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    Chubby guys, get ready to be drafted.
    • CommentAuthorCassa
    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2009
    So this means we'll finally see M249s replaced by M134s?
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    So in order to hold heavy shit you need to affix it to the exoskeleton by that crescent-shaped claw? Why not just use arm supports?
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2009
    No I think it's just an added feature.

    • CommentAuthorENGINE
    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2009 edited
    Wait, these look like the Army@Love Army exoskels!
    • CommentAuthorSinoj
    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2009
    @Cassa, that would be so awesomely Fallout.
    • CommentAuthorlooneynerd
    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2009
    Does anyone know if this thing slows you down? It doesn't look like you'd be able to run to fast in it, or squat or go prone or anything, but maybe I'm just looking at it wrong...
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    How long until these have been adapted into armored, two-legged self-righting drones armed with recoil-free automatic shotguns and powered by sealed nuclear reactors? The reactors would be rigged to explode, sending radioactive shrapnel a thousand feet in every direction so that a nation being invaded has a strong incentive to not shoot back.
    • CommentAuthorIan_M
    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2009
    How long until these have been adapted into armored, two-legged self-righting drones armed with recoil-free automatic shotguns and powered by sealed nuclear reactors?

    Wrong question. The real question is - How long until these are built into an AI Fembot frame?

    Because everything will be used for sex.
    • CommentAuthorlooneynerd
    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2009
    Oh god Uncanny Valley.

    THIS already looks capable of being adopted into powered armor. It looks like it's already half way there. Assist the elderly my ass...
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2009
    Well if by "assist" you mean "draft"...
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    @looneynerd -

    Christ, thats a powered exoskeleton designed by a company named fucking "CYBERDYNE". That's unreal.

    + The exoskeleton which this thread is discussing does in fact allow prone movement, sprinting, quick removal/donning. All that.

    Check youtube.
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    You just fucking know the Japanese are already working on the 100-foot-high Ultra-Voltron version.
    • CommentAuthorENGINE
    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2009
    Greasemonkey, you have been awarded one Internets.

    Would that work like a Voltron combination thing? Sort of, y'know "Golf Platoon, FORM UP! AND PLATOON COMMANDER WILL FORM...THE HEAD!" kinda thing?
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    If they make Voltron it will have to be a Marine weapon—how else would they get the flaming sword?
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    The Ultra-Voltron laughs at puny swords. He will be equipped with Fusion Powered Death Beams that lay waste to hundreds of square miles.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeMar 13th 2009
    Somewhere in Iraq that guardsman who legally changed his name to optimus Prime has a boner.
    • CommentTimeMar 13th 2009
    @ Encephalo Ray

    Cyberdyne: as in, manufacturer of the Terminators. Why are we not forming the resistance?