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Monday, July 09, 2018

Would you put on an exoskeleton that meant you could run for an entire day without getting tired? What about one that would allow you to stay on your feet longer at work? The technology to give people superhuman strength is currently being developed. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Biomechatronics Lab, researchers are working on exoskeletons that will work in far better harmony with the body.

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The students want to push the boundaries of technology behind what our current biological frames will allow. Normal seems to be something of a dirty word.

They refer to Prof Hugh Herr, who runs the lab, as "their fearless leader".

"Hugh has expressed a dream, that I share, to strap on an exoskeleton and run through the wood at 20 miles per hour all day without getting tired," Mr Clites told the BBC.

"That would be exhilarating and beautiful and a type of experience that humans aren't currently able to have."

However, exoskeletons are also being worked on "for nurses or waiters who are on their feet all day".

The hope is that the current big, bulky exoskeletons can be shrunk to the "form factor of a sneaker and associated shin guard" or even be contained within "high-performance clothing".

#1 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2018-07-09 05:47 AM | Reply

And then criminals would get them and then look out! How many members of ICE would it take to bring down an illegal immigrant picking vegetables in Arizona? And then what would happen to the vegetables?

#2 | Posted by danni at 2018-07-09 08:55 AM | Reply

Big government would insist they'd have an 'off' switch and be able to control them remotely.

#3 | Posted by visitor_ at 2018-07-09 12:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#3 Big business will have these things force you to look up at billboards unless you pay for the premium subscription.

#4 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-07-09 01:08 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Big government would insist they'd have an 'off' switch and be able to control them remotely.

#3 | POSTED BY VISITOR_

You mean like they do with guns, cars and computers? Oh wait...

#5 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-07-09 02:06 PM | Reply

This technology is already in operation for car manufacturing plants. The jobs not taken over by robots are typically ones where humans are underneath the carriage, working with their hands constantly above their shoulders. They implemented a harness for their backs and shoulders that allows them to prop their arms and hands above their shoulders almost effortlessly for hours at a time.

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#6 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-07-09 02:18 PM | Reply

Anyone who gets an exoskeleton: I would like your old endoskeleton for... Things...

#7 | Posted by RevDarko at 2018-07-10 11:53 AM | Reply

Exoskeleton? I got your exoskeleton, right here....

Look out girls... I can now drill holes in walls... without a drill....

#8 | Posted by Pegasus at 2018-07-10 05:20 PM | Reply

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