A new exoskeleton suit has been unveiled that is designed to withstand the dangers of nuclear plant failures in Japan, but the end result looks more like sci-fi fun than disaster rescue.
The super storm known as Frankenstorm by some and Hurricane Sandy to others, is forecast to last until mid-week, threatening to put a damper on Halloween festivities on the East Coast of the U.S. But on the West Coast, even toddlers are already making Halloween history.
Unmanned missions and robots may be dominating the space corridor for the moment, but that doesn't mean that NASA has given up on the idea of putting people in space. To that end, NASA has unveiled a new robotic exoskeleton for astronauts called the XI.
Journalist Miles O'Brien recently went on a whirlwind tour peeking at what's up in the world in the world of bionics. It reads like a greatest hits list, with exoskeletons, bionic arms and eyes and ears, and even some mind control thrown in for good measure.
Of all the major superheroes, Iron Man seems the most realistic. He relies on real-deal technology to get the job done, not being from another planet or a bite from a radioactive spider. And while the technology to make a real Iron Man suit doesn't exist yet, it's getting closer.
This is Rex, a set of bionic legs from New Zealand that could one day replace wheelchairs. That's a promise that's not unique to Rex, yet the usability present — such as the way one can transfer from a chair to Rex without help — makes Rex a viable contender.
What you see here is Forcetek's Xio arm-mounted controller, which is slated to come out for game consoles sometime next year. So, the motion-controlled offerings by Sony and Microsoft — the latter of which does away with the controller entirely — make half of the "wow" factor here obsolete. What's it got left? Force feedback all along your arms.
Iron Man 2 hits theaters today, telling a tale about a man in a suit of armor who flies around like a jet and shoots energy bolts from his palms. In the real world, we're not quite there yet, but...