posted on Apr, 3 2012 @ 09:11 PM
reply to post by Blackmarketeer
Very nice indeed. Its sad to say but a lot of advanced mobility devices have been spearheaded by DARPA as the result of combat injuries. One of the
coolest mobility devices I've seen is an exoskeleton that provides a neural-integrated synthetic, or artificial limbs that one puts on a bit like a
scaffold and associated arm and leg power-plant. One of the advantages of this was the ability, and "power ranger version" won't be available
outside the military or special services, but can have a tremendous increase in physical strength, far above any human.
Something like this was seen in the 1986 movie Aliens, where Sigourney Weaver strapped on a "fork lift" which rumor has we now have similar devices
that are far more maneuverable then regular fork lifts. And immensely strong. Also the military is working on "walking wearable tanks"that are also
heavily armored. And very cool. Don't know how well it would do against the mama alien, but it could knock me or any person into next Tuesday.
But the sensing strength systems that are fully commensurable with human strength and capable of advanced synthetic sensors that allow for "feeling"
of textural surfaces and hot and cold, but with reasonable protection will be coming down the pipe.But there are reasons you would want to integrate
pain stimulators in case some one picked up something very hot or cold, enough to go through the hardware and injure someone.
Several years ago I developed an advanced pair of protective gloves (boots to follow) that provide protection but let you feel with great textural and
tempeture specificity what your touching. I thought they would be great for rescue and fire fighters, but so far haven't been cleared outside of
certain military services.
I have not gotten a rational answer in fact no reason as to why not. My guess is the material technology is very sophisticated, and aside from just
feeling more detail and sub-optical structure better then your hand can what your touching, it can give you a material, sonic, radar, and IR scan of
an objects density and even its chemical breakdown or biological activity.
Perhaps a simpler system will be declassified for fire fighters, etc. I am working on it and sure hope so.