June 6th, 2008

Allah Sulu-Powerpuff

Exoskeletons For Sale!

NewScientist.com — …Berkeley Bionics this week began accepting orders for its prototype exoskeleton the Human Universal Load Carrier – the HULC. There's no word of the cost on their website… Berkeley Bionics say that a HULC user can walk normally while carrying up to 200 pounds of weight. You can see a video of it in action below… More impressively, the ‘proprietary technology’ within HULC actually reduces metabolic cost. Wearing the HULC, you consume about 5-10% less oxygen when walking than a HULC-less friend. The effect is even more pronounced when carrying a heavy load…