today in combat exoskeleton news

Berkeley Lower Extremity Exoskeleton (BLEEX)

"The wearer can walk, squat, bend and swing from side to side without noticeable reductions in agility. The human pilot can also step over and under obstructions while carrying equipment and supplies."

Walking robot video

The first part of the video is of a "passive walker" with unpowered legs. The walking motion happens by inertia; it just stumbles along. The second part of the video has a robot that walks under its own power.

Soon this robot will be fitted with a boot with which to stamp on a human face forever. I, for one, welcome our new combat-exoskeleton overlords.

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  1. suppafly says:

    won't be long now until robocop is a reality.

  2. suppafly says:

    Soon this robot will be fitted with a boot with which to stamp on a human face forever. I, for one, welcome our new combat-exoskeleton overlords.

    you should start your own newspaper..

    • coldacid says:

      If he does, I have a (uncreative) title for it: jwzine.

      Please send your rotten fruits and vegetables in this direction, express.

  3. zakharov says:

    These things are even cooler to watch in person. :D

  4. badger says:

    It's interesting how much the Berkeley robotic legs look to me like the mechanical assist worn by Matthew McConaughey in The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

  5. 21cdb says:

    I worry that a quote from Starhip Troopers is actually appropriate here.

  6. buz says:

    I know what I'm doing with the Legos tonight!

  7. jette says:

    They are even scarier when you step on them with your bare feet.

  8. baconmonkey says:

    So there's this project where you can teach a computer some facts. Obviously this presents an ideal opportunity to ensure that a bunch of asimovian do-gooders don't succeed in making castrated, "safe" robots. Perhaps it can be taught that humans are to be exterminated, and that stomping and crushing is the best way to do that.

  9. omarius says:

    The basic problem with MechWarrior (and a lot of other "giant robot" fantasies) is that the "pilots" actually run them in some sort of a "pilot seat" with a control stick and a lot of knobs and such.

    I've always thought that the Giant Robot Fighters of the Future would be strapped into a BLEEX-like mechanism which would control the robot. Problems of scale aside, someone could make the giant robot ballet dance Dee Dee style without having to know much more than how to ballet dance. Et cetera.

    • jwz says:

      And here I thought the basic problem was the stunningly awful animation and incongruous soap-opera plots.

      Don't forget the force-amplification condom, needed for deploying the giant robot schlong when battling kiddie-porn-tentacle-demons.

      • omarius says:

        Don't forget the force-amplification condom, needed for deploying the giant robot schlong when battling kiddie-porn-tentacle-demons.

        Also mandatory for finishing move use in all fights lasting more than ten minutes. Good point.

    • valacosa says:

      The basic problem with MechWarrior (and a lot of other "giant robot" fantasies) is that the "pilots" actually run them in some sort of a "pilot seat" with a control stick and a lot of knobs and such.

      I guess Escaflowne would be an exception here. Then again, those things were powered with crystals cut out of the hearts of dragons, so...

      What I want most is a suit exactly like Samus Aran's. That would be cool...

      • mackys says:

        Maybe check out Bubblegum Crisis, you might dig it. It's far from flawless, but it's probably my favorite piece of anime from the late 80's. (Try and get the "2032" version, the "2040" version isn't as good in my opinion.)

    • luserspaz says:

      You're neglecting the problem of having to use moody teenagers to pilot your giant robots.

      • coldacid says:

        Would it be inappropriate to say that I hate Shinji?

        The real problem is that something like a mech is naturally somewhat slow due to its size. On top of this, a pilot's reaction time is measurable (this is IRL, too) when using physical controls. Solution: If you've ever played Shadowrun, three simple words: Vehicle Control Rig. That's right, mecha need mental interfaces. If we ever have actual mecha (which we all know, thanks to those damn physicists, we won't) we need to be able to control them with thought.

        Then again, as we've all seen here in the past, they're even working on that.

  10. pt says:

    On the left - is that a cyborg Henry Rollins?

  11. raskuss says:

    I think someone was listening in on my idea of "dwarf backpacks", your very own dwarf that sits in your backpack and does all the things you can't be arsed doing, like walking and heavy lifting. Bastards! Last time I'm ever discussing ideas in public places or kiddy pools...

  12. jblank says:

    well, he doesn't look really happy with that thing on his body.
    does it have bethke's 'proctopode' as control instrument? 2

    • asan102 says:

      That's his war face.

      More than 40 sensors and hydraulic actuators form a local area network (LAN) for the exoskeleton and function much like a human nervous system.
      Does that actually qualify as a LAN? And more importantly, is that in any way a significant part of the project? Wouldn't descriptions of how the balancing equipment works be much more useful?

      Seems that the video page has been "Temporarily removed by the project author". Anyone know where I can watch it?

  13. zapevaj says:

    omg, I love the page design for the walker-robot video. It looks like a screenshot from "Hackers".

  14. arynph0x says:

    an armored combat exoskeleton, hmm... could go a lot of ways, but i would have to say that you want to have this thing be tip-top... you want on-board power generation, ultra mobility capability, a weapons platform that is impressive. I mean, you want to design this thing to WIN. I mean, a government entity will need to spend a LOT of money and research just to have a prototype. So, pencil pushers and you weapons development contractors-- go ahead, track me down and pick my brain for Ideas. I just want one. and... my own island.... now that i think about it, my own island, as well as political amnesty. Y'all go ahead and fight it out-- just leave me out of it. I would really rather sit on my front porch and smoke weed. The quiet life, you know?