Thursday, April 30, 2009

Hal The Robot Suit

This has been a especially bad week for motorized mobility. First there was
this and now Japan is announcing the HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) robot suit is going into mass production and will be available in Japan sometime soon for around $4,200. Didn't we learn our lesson with the first Hal?

I think what we really need to do is give over muscle control to a robot. This seems like a really good idea. Soon we can be a nation of Mr. Burns'. Although, truth be told, this suit really comes in handy, say if you are transporting copious bags of rice across the office or need to go help "Shadowhare" whip ass. But the day to day application of the suit seems counter productive to say- sitting in a chair or taking a dump. Do we really need this in the private sector? Great medical applications. Nerds wanting to be Ironman... not so much.


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