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Old 11-09-2008, 02:32 PM   #1
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What your next Honda may look like...




Imagine a bicycle seat connected by mechanical frames to a pair of shoes for an idea of how the new wearable assisted-walking gadget from Honda works.

FOXNews.com - Honda Unveils Robot That Helps You Walk - Science News | Science & Technology | Technology News
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Old 11-10-2008, 07:03 PM   #2
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I think this is kick ass. I bet the military is already all over this. 120 pound rucksacks, full combat load and weapon are heavy.
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I think this is kick ass. I bet the military is already all over this. 120 pound rucksacks, full combat load and weapon are heavy.

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Old 11-10-2008, 09:14 PM   #4
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I find the Berkeley Bionics design to be much closer to something that individuals can afford. Take a look:

Of course, you could always get a $500 bicycle.
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I envision the exoskeleton very popular in the Mad Max year 2030 as nomads migrate across the USA hiking over the Rocky Mountains in search of work. Wearing their tin hats.
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Just recently watched Iron Man, I thought this looked like the first step

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sensitized as a little kid to the plight of the differently abled, i used to play on a neighbor's wheelchair. she'd let me ride on her lap or i'd climb on back of the chair. i still remember the thrill when she got her first electric chair for me to play on. so of course this strikes me as a way cool device. the idea that such technology could help mobilize wheelchair victims is incredible to me yet, being wheelchair free, i can only just barely imagine what it must mean for someone to be able to walk again. wow.
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