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Originally posted by Niall197
reply to post by West Coast
2020 ? I reckon that's hugely optimistic. 10/12 years is nada when it comes to defence procurement nowadays ... and unless the Army comes up with a real compelling case and finds a role where an exo skeleton equipped soldier could bring a real tangible benefit I just don't foresee this going anywhere soon. The budget pressures are just going to be way too tight to allow for fanciful notions like this.
That's not to say it isn't an interesting concept. But it's only that. A concept. And concepts come and go like an ebbing tide.
It may be useful in civilian life eventually ... but while we've got an almost unlimited pool of people prepared to lift things from floor to table on minimum wage it just isn't worth the cost or effort.
But like I say, I ain't paying for it so do what you like. I'll re-visit this in a few years time to see where the USA military has gotton with it. Meantime I'm outta here. Back to Luddite Land to sip some more Glenmorangie
Originally posted by mattifikation
I was under the impression that development has already begun on the suit West Coast mentioned.
The 2020 time frame doesn't sound all that far-fetched, either. We're not talking about building a new type of jet, or a huge ship. We're talking about making a suit from concepts which we already know and understand.
The nanotech "muscles" already exist. The method for creating the bulletproof materials exists, they just need to improve on how strong they are. The vital sign monitoring already exists. All the gadgets in the helmet already exist. The only true task is putting it all together in one unit, devising a cost-effective mass production method, and finding a power source that can run the thing... and with nanotechnology, new, exponentially better technologies in battery power are very close to reality now.