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Date: 02/09/10 01:05 PM

50 Responses to Bionic Legs Are Getting More And More Bad Ass [Vid

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    cobrakiller Male 18-29
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    February 9, 2010 at 1:13 pm
    we arent far away from legs helping us jump 50ft in the air. the cops of the future are going to be badass.
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    mervviscious Male 40-49
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    February 9, 2010 at 1:18 pm
    Now if they would just invent something to go to work for me.... Awesome....
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    February 9, 2010 at 1:30 pm
    yay! science!
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    JaLacaob Male 18-29
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    February 9, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Pretty cool! I hope to see it evolve, soon. I can`t imagine how much it changes these people`s lives.
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    SomeShoes Male 13-17
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    February 9, 2010 at 2:06 pm
    Epic.
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    ElSombrero Male 13-17
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    February 9, 2010 at 2:23 pm
    Now, I`m in support of a Biological approach to fixing these problems over mechanical... but when it`s something like a spinal injury, where a biological cure might not even be possible, it is ingenuity like this that is our future.

    Humans can work miracles when they get their act together.

    Hm... this may be a radical idea.. but maybe... we should spend less money fighting... and fund this thing.

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    smartiesxoxo Female 18-29
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    February 9, 2010 at 2:24 pm
    this is really amazing, now what I`m wondering is if eventually they can have different settings so that some how it can give their legs a minor work out so that some muscle can either develop or stay maintained. But this really is amazing I can`t wait to see it go further this is going to change a lot of lives. Go science and money going to good use :)
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    QBW Male 13-17
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    February 9, 2010 at 2:41 pm
    joe from family guy can walk again!!!! lol
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    the_phantom Male 18-29
    510 posts
    February 9, 2010 at 3:06 pm
    i love how the woman cant work it
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    bobhub600 Male 13-17
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    February 9, 2010 at 3:13 pm
    Thats an amazing revolution in technology i can`t wait to see people having fully functional bionic legs...
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    deadpopstar Female 18-29
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    February 9, 2010 at 3:14 pm
    I`m thinking about getting metal legs. it`s a risky operation but I think it`s worth it.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    February 9, 2010 at 3:21 pm
    we arent far away from legs helping us jump 50ft in the air.

    Which would severely injure or kill you, either from the acceleration or, more likely, from the deceleration when you hit the ground a few seconds later.

    The control method is the key difference with this. It`s easy to make a powered exoskeleton that amplifies the strength of a movement (the USA military is testing those now) but far harder when the person can`t make any such movement. Using shoulder movement to control powered exoskeleton legs is an ingenious workaround.

    Maybe the woman`s issue is confidence in the kit. You have to move your body as if walking and trust the hardware to move your legs. If it fails, you`re going to fall on your face.

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    Frambuesas Female 18-29
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    February 9, 2010 at 3:22 pm
    smartiesxoxo
    it doesnt matter if they have leg muscles or not. if their spinal cord is damaged badly enough so that the signal from their brain cant get to their legs, they can`t ever walk again unaided by some type of technology. period.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    February 9, 2010 at 3:32 pm
    Thats an amazing revolution in technology i can`t wait to see people having fully functional bionic legs...

    This isn`t an amazing revolution in technology. I doubt if there`s any new technology in it, let alone amazingly revolutionary new technology. Motion sensors aren`t new. Small computers aren`t new. Electric motors aren`t new. Leg braces aren`t new.

    Fully functional bionic legs would require a much better understanding of the brain. To get the same functionality as natural legs, you`d need to use the same control system, i.e. your brain. So the system would need to intercept and interpret signals from your brain that would have moved your legs, then move the bionic legs the same way.

    You may see that in your lifetime. Not soon, but maybe by the time you`re old.

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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    February 9, 2010 at 3:40 pm
    For badass cyborg stuff, I think you can`t beat the guy with no eyes who can see.

    Computers in his brains, jack plugs in his skull, cameras on dark glasses feeding data through the jack plugs into his neural computers, which process it and feed it straight into his brain.

    No word of a lie. The researcher who developed the system introduced it at a medical conference with a video of this guy driving a car. The quality of the vision sucks, but it sure beats no vision at all. That was some years back. No doubt it`s better now.

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    npdarren Male 18-29
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    February 9, 2010 at 3:42 pm
    Won`t be long until all of our body parts are replaced by superior bionic versions. Can`t wait.
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    xiquiripat Male 18-29
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    February 9, 2010 at 4:10 pm
    Angilion have you heard of BrainPort?
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    Paul1582 Male 13-17
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    February 9, 2010 at 4:20 pm
    This reminds me of a bionic hand that worked 95% of the time. It made me wonder... what happened in the other 5%? I hope no one died.
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    spartanman Male 13-17
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    February 9, 2010 at 4:20 pm
    Stop the talking, I just want to see that guy squat 900 pounds.
  20. Profile photo of OldOllie
    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    February 9, 2010 at 4:26 pm
    It`s already been done.

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    ElMustache Male 18-29
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    February 9, 2010 at 4:34 pm
    Skynet is coming...
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    KittenCereal Female 18-29
    956 posts
    February 9, 2010 at 4:38 pm
    OldOllie, hahahahaha YESSSS
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    February 9, 2010 at 4:50 pm
    Angilion have you heard of BrainPort?

    Not until you mentioned it. I`ve just looked at it on How Stuff Works. Fascinating. Not as cyborg badass as cranial computers and artificial eyes, though.

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    SilverThread Male 30-39
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    February 9, 2010 at 5:20 pm
    Arrrr it begins!
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    Dakkar Male 18-29
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    February 9, 2010 at 5:24 pm
    I`m a fan of the prototype bionic exoskeleton developed by Raytheon. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nhj3Z9o6t...

    It may not change the world with this model, but like the guy said, its a good start.

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    RG900 Male 18-29
    250 posts
    February 9, 2010 at 5:54 pm
    daamn thats tiight
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    RyanHake Male 18-29
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    February 9, 2010 at 6:18 pm
    Now if only they could make it something that many people will be able to afford.
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    cobrakiller Male 18-29
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    February 9, 2010 at 6:41 pm
    angilion, i was kidding man, did you not read the rest of my post? the thing is though, that if they had the ability to have us jump 50ft in the air, who`s to say by that time they will not also have the technology to to cushion the landing to a safe point as well.
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    burlycow Male 18-29
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    February 9, 2010 at 7:43 pm
    I COULD never walk again. no offence to this guy or the company, but there are a lot of paraplegic`s, even t10`s that walk with regular leg braces(non motorized/powered). check out http://parawalk.com/ and http://sci.rutgers.edu/index.php?
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    Angilion Male 40-49
    12390 posts
    February 9, 2010 at 7:54 pm
    Not who, what. You canna break the laws of physics. The only way you can fall 50 feet without breaking is if you can decelerate before you hit the ground. The exoskeleton might be made strong enough to withstand the impact, but the person inside it isn`t. I`m not sure how well you could withstand the take-off force needed to jump 50 feet high, but the force of impact is definitely going to break you. You`d need some kind of repulsor beam to start decelerating you some way off the ground.
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    test-user564 Male 18-29
    491 posts
    February 9, 2010 at 8:06 pm
    now if they could make one that literally breaks the ground!
  32. Profile photo of cobrakiller
    cobrakiller Male 18-29
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    February 9, 2010 at 8:30 pm
    angilion, it is possible to survive a 50ft fall now. you really have a 50/50 chance of surviving it without any protection. but, there are materials that can decelerate you on impact. this is how stunt men survive long falls. granted, these are usually giant materials and usually balloons, but tell me that sometime in the future we will not find a way to condense this deceleration into some kind of pad that may be attached to the machine. if not, then you could always have built in hydrolics that decelerate you more slowly on impact than the exoskeleton that surrounds your limbs.
    but my biggest argument is this: we are fighting about stuff that for now is science fiction anyway, my argument can neither be founded nor unfounded at our current state.
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
    17515 posts
    February 9, 2010 at 8:52 pm
    We are very close to equaling star wars in prosthetic technology.
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    Smokeylove11 Female 13-17
    290 posts
    February 9, 2010 at 8:55 pm
    That`s fantastic! ^^
  35. Profile photo of OldOllie
    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    February 9, 2010 at 9:49 pm
    The acceleration needed to jump 50` is the same as as it would be for landing. You would have to leave the ground going about 38 mph, and you would land at the same speed. If you could squat 2` to start your jump, you would have to accelerate at about 25Gs to jump 50`. If your legs compressed 2` to absorb the shock of landing, you would again experience about 25Gs. If you and the suit weigh 400 lbs., this would exert a force on the ground of about 10,000 lbs. -- about the same as a UPS truck. This would only last for about 0.07 sec., but it would be enough force to really mess you up. You would need rockets or jets to accelerate you more gradually on takeoff and to brake you more gently on landing.
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    LadyWeasel Female 30-39
    471 posts
    February 9, 2010 at 11:15 pm
    WTF is with all the spam, lately? Or is this a normal thing?
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    davymid Male 30-39
    12151 posts
    February 9, 2010 at 11:28 pm
    WTF is with all the spam, lately? Or is this a normal thing?

    Yep. Every single fecking day. We just get to it before you notice it, normally. Cleaning up now, soz.

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    magoo22 Male 30-39
    660 posts
    February 10, 2010 at 3:16 am
    @Angilion, I agree, the basic technology has been around for years but there have been refinements in both materials and in the human/machine interface software which controls the prostheses so that movement is smoother and easier for the wearer to control.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    February 10, 2010 at 3:53 am
    That is a great job for science! This is very cool! and can only be perfected!
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    Khronnus Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 4:50 am
    This reminds me of the HAL.
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    LtFurpie Male 30-39
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    February 10, 2010 at 5:52 am
    After the last post about the theft of milk, I was expecting something at least a little NSFW... now I`m bummed.
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    a1butcher Male 40-49
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    February 10, 2010 at 7:08 am
    This is GREAT news, Horray for science.
    Paraplegics everywhere must be jumping for joy!
    Oh wait... clapping for joy.
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    AlfishKK Female 18-29
    782 posts
    February 10, 2010 at 7:38 am
    Awesome, we`re getting closer and closer to overcoming accidents like that.
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    mayobama Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 8:16 am
    the dr. that invented it is missing his right arm/hand. i figured he would invent something better than that claw.
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    xxPinkxx Female 18-29
    3830 posts
    February 10, 2010 at 11:34 am
    woaah thats pretty awesome
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    RecycleElf Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 12:27 pm
    im just waiting for the "Cyber-genetical combat suit". come on, army guys, we`re waiting!
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    charlies Female 18-29
    34 posts
    February 10, 2010 at 7:34 pm
    wow, wait until hackers get ahold of these things. the possibilities are endless.
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    gamefreakhax Male 70 & Over
    14 posts
    February 10, 2010 at 7:52 pm
    I can just see this strapped to some 400 pound girl... >.>
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    seetherage Male 18-29
    85 posts
    February 11, 2010 at 8:35 am
    I still think companies have experimented with devices that induce muscle function by eletrical currents, but because of the liability thrown onto the company dis encourages them to pursue it (imagine if someone got a heart attack).

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