Posts Tagged ‘Invention’

Real ‘Iron Man’ Suits

April 22, 2008

The real-life Sarcos XOS exoskelleton (left) and HAL exoskeleton (right) is compared to the fictional Iron Man (middle).From Live Science By Bill Christensen posted: 21 April 2008 ET click to read more.
The real-life Sarcos XOS exoskelleton (left) and HAL exoskeleton (right) is compared to the fictional Iron Man (middle).     The real-life Sarcos XOS exoskelleton (left) and HAL exoskeleton (right) is compared to the fictional Iron Man (middle). “Iron Man,” the upcoming movie from Marvel Studios, will be on screens around the world in a few weeks. In the movie, a genius businessman invents a suit of armor with extraordinary strength. People everywhere have been looking at the previews, asking “Who will be first with a real powered-armored suit like Iron Man’s?”      Well, exoskeleton fans, we’ve got some real contenders warming up.    The Sarcos XOS exoskeleton is an impressive device. The suit allows the user to endlessly pull weight; two hundred-pound pulldowns are easy. The user of the suit feels only about ten of those two hundred pounds.     Picking up and moving 70 pound cannisters is just as easy. How does it work? The machine follows the movements of the user, sampling the user’s behavior thousands of times per secone. A built-in computer performs the monitoring, and amplifies the user’s strength with the robotic exoskeleton (see video).    However, Japan’s HAL exoskeleton is not only an impressive device, but will soon go into production for sale. Cyberdyne Inc will produce 500 HAL suits each year, starting in October of 2008.

 

Bionic eye implants make blind ‘see again’

April 22, 2008

Bionic eye implants make blind ‘see again’ in pioneering operation
From the Daily Mail By JENNY HOPE Last updated at 23:52pm on 21st April 2008 click to read more.
Two blind men who thought they would never see their families again have had vision restored by Britain’s first “bionic” eye operations.     Electronic receivers were implanted which take signals from a camera mounted in a pair of glasses.      The technology allows enough vision to find doorways, follow individuals, locate objects across the room and help with eating.     It gives new hope to sufferers of diseases affecting the retina for which there is no cure.    Surgeons at Moorfields Eye Hospital in central London implanted the artificial retinal devices as part of a Europeanwide clinical trial.

Self-stirring cup, is the teaspoon dead?

April 17, 2008

Posted on the Daily Mail on 16th April 2008    The humble teaspoon could be confined to the back of the cutlery drawer following the invention of a self-stirring teacup.    The mug takes away the need to search for a spoon when making a hot beverage.    The gadget was created by two French designers, who recently displayed it at the London Design Festival.    Designer Florian Dussopt, 23, said: “The cup aims at introducing a new way of drinking tea or another warm drink without using a spoon. Read more.