I never would have thought the day would come so soon…

…when I’d see a friggin’ working full-body robot suit.  Check this out:

It even has a snazzy futuristic look to it.

This snazzy looking thing is called the HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) suit.  With it, you can lift up to ten times your normal amount with little strain.  How does it do it?  Cyberdyne’s website explains:

When a person attempts to move, nerve signals are sent from the brain to the muscles via motoneuron, moving the musculoskeletal system as a consequence. At this moment, very weak biosignals can be detected on the surface of the skin. “HAL” catches these signals through a sensor attached on the skin of the wearer. Based on the signals obtained, the power unit is controlled to move the joint unitedly with the wearer’s muscle movement, enabling to support the wearer’s daily activities.

To put it in simpler terms, the HAL suit sort of “feels” what your body wants you to do and helps you do so.  However, it doesn’t only help you, but makes you stronger.  One example shown in the video below shows the subject carrying four 10kb bags of rice with ease, something an ordinary man would have trouble doing on his own.

It’s cool to see this man being able to succeed in his childhood dream… and it’ll be so useful too!  With its abilities, the HAL 5 suit can help those with weakened muscles move around, or to help those that work hard labor so they don’t put as much strain on their bodies.  Unfortunately, according to h+ Magazine, they are only producing 400 a year for over 4000 US dollars a piece, so it’ll be unlikely anyone other than high-end hospitals and rich (and lucky) folks will get it in the near future.

Looks like itll be useful for newlyweds as well.

Looks like it'll be useful for newlyweds as well.

Geez, in the next 20 years or so, I’ll bet the world will look like a science fiction novel.  That’s not a bad thing, it’s all going faster than I expected, that’s for sure.


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