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HAL Brings Us Closer to Mega Man

by nathanbloch   May 19, 2008 at 4:10PM  |  Views: 32
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Sometimes the wrinkled power suit just isn't enough to get the job done. Sometimes you need HAL, otherwise known as the Hybrid Assistive Limb suit. I'm going to just set aside all comparasions to the murderous, eponymously identical CPU from Kubrick's 2001 and focus on the (presumably) less amoral device. The HAL suit detects signals on the skin that inform it of the wearer's desire to move. HAL is designed for various uses: rehabilitation, heavy lifting, and picking on guys not your own size.

Suddenly Mega Man is more than a video game, he is a real possibility; though I think the HAL suit is a long way off from being, well, terribly useful. But it could be a big step in the right direction for people who are seriously lazy. In fact, HAL could be the prototype of the next generation of Lazy Boys. At this point there's not much a Lazy Boy 1.0 can do for you other than recline. But with the inception of the HAL suit, soon you'll be able to get up and grab a beer and a slice of pizza without actually using your own muscles to do it.

 

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In all seriousness, I eagerly await the day when bullies no longer exist, and HAL might just be what makes that happen. Nowadays a bully can start stuff with any little guy he sees, but in a few years, it will be hard to tell whether a guy is pudgy or just packing a Lazy Boy 2.0. The little guy will still be weak, but he'll be weak because HAL whispers sweet promises of justice in his ear...

Specs:

Size

wearable robot
Height 1,600mm

Weight

Full Body Type approx. 23kg
(Lower body approx. 15kg)

Power

Battery Drive
Charged battery( AC100V)

Continuous operating time

Approximately 2 hours 40 minutes

Motions

Daily Activities( standing up from a chair, walking, climbing up and down stairs)
Hold and lift heavy objescts
and more...

Operation

Hybrid Control System

Working Environment

Indoor and outdoor

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