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BLEEX Exoskeleton Demo Next Week

Posted 6 Mar 2004 at 04:22 UTC by steve Share This

According to a UC Berkeley press release, the DARPA-funded Berkeley Lower Extremity Exoskeleton (BLEEX) project which began in 2000 will demonstrate their exoskelton at next week's DARPATech Symposium in Anaheim, California. A BLEEX-equipped soldier will be able carry heavy loads over considerable distances without feeling any additional weight. A few more details can be found in a recent Betterhumans.com story on BLEEX.


Knights of the 21st century, posted 6 Mar 2004 at 20:55 UTC by motters » (Master)

Looks like a neat piece of technology for allowing soldiers to carry heavy loads on the battlefield. But if you've got a lot of equipment to carry there are I think two more sensible options. The obvious one is simply to load your equipment onto a truck instead of onto yourself, and the second one is to make the equipment smaller and lighter using better materials and technology.

A soldier using an exoskeleton to carry a heavy load would be the modern day equivalent of a fully suited medieval knight - impressive to look at but virtually useless on foot in a combat situation requiring quick reactions.

Some of the articles on that "better humans" site made me smile. In the modern cynical age it's highly unusual to read such utopian views.

I think it's a recursor of whats to come, posted 8 Mar 2004 at 19:56 UTC by earlwb » (Master)

This is a precursor of what's to come. Exoskeleton suits or body armor would be great when they get their speed up to snuff. Heavily armored, fast mobile troops carrying serious firepower would really do in the enemy. Plus you gotta be ready for when the bug wars start like in Starship Troopers (the book not the movie).

Learning to walk again would be great, posted 9 Mar 2004 at 00:09 UTC by WhoPhlungPoo » (Journeyer)

I agree that the battlefield uses are cool, however, think about what this technology could do for someone who doesn‛TM]t have the use of their legs like a paraplegic.

Looks good on paper, posted 9 Mar 2004 at 00:47 UTC by ROB.T. » (Master)

If you can use an exoskeleton, it seems like that isn't much of a step from replacing soldiers with robots.

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