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Researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering are swimming in 2.6 million DARPA bucks thanks to a new smart suit design. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, put a call out to design a sort of under-camo system that soldiers could use to maintain an extremely high level of physical endurance. The Harvard engineers’ response looks something like a series of athletic braces that connect from over the shoulders to a belt around the waist to kneepads to booties. The Harvard Gazette describes the system:
http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2012/07/smart-suit-imp...
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Now all we need are the suicidal bugs popping out of distant caves. robot
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But these guys have no heads!
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LanceRunolfsson wrote:
But these guys have no heads!


Sure they do - they're just wearing stealth hats.
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..and Stealth Genitalia..
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..and Stealth Genitalia..

Oh, God -- we're actually inching towards becoming the Mattel vision: Ken Dolls!

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If the trend continues, equipping an individual soldier may become so expensive that we're unlikley to put them at risk.

And maybe that's a good thing.
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In 1964, they already knew what the future of mechanized soldiers would be like ...

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Doodads designed for the infantry are always stupid.
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A spin off in the technology is that it will help the elderly and those that are physically handicapped. That I like.
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Mallet wrote:
In 1964, they already knew what the future of mechanized soldiers would be like ...


A great original Outer Limits episode that I believe they remade in the later syndicated Outer Limts series.
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I liked the suits in Prometheus best of all. Biomechanical and compliments the muscles
 
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Eldard wrote:
Mallet wrote:
In 1964, they already knew what the future of mechanized soldiers would be like ...


A great original Outer Limits episode that I believe they remade in the later syndicated Outer Limts series.


Written, btw, by Harlan Ellison, based on his short story, "Soldier of the Future." One of the two Outer Limits he did (the other being "Demon with a Glass Hand") for which he sued James Cameron for ripping off in creating "The Terminator." The suit was settled out of court, and Cameron sneers at the affair as a nuisance suit to this day.
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BeatPosse wrote:
Doodads designed for the infantry are always stupid.


Yeah, it just reduces the budget for Marine Corps doodads . But seriously folks, doodads for the military eventually get turned into useful stuff for civilians.
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Mallet wrote:
In 1964, they already knew what the future of mechanized soldiers would be like ...



Looks like future soldiers strap landlines on their back ... Something to be avoided.
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gvonl wrote:
... But seriously folks, doodads for the military eventually get turned into useful stuff for civilians.


They've done such a great job with automatic weapons. Sorry, couldn't resist. whistle
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We already HAVE, ever since they'd 'instituted' that "Soldiery = Citizenry" programs! whistle
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MisterG wrote:
gvonl wrote:
... But seriously folks, doodads for the military eventually get turned into useful stuff for civilians.


They've done such a great job with automatic weapons. Sorry, couldn't resist. whistle
robot the: "Dark NIGHTMARE of PRS Arisened"! devil
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I carried lasers and optics and body armor, none of which helped me in the missions I performed. The doodads themselves were pretty impressive.

gvonl wrote:
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Doodads designed for the infantry are always stupid.


Yeah, it just reduces the budget for Marine Corps doodads . But seriously folks, doodads for the military eventually get turned into useful stuff for civilians.
 
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I carried lasers and optics and body armor, none of which helped me in the missions I performed. The doodads themselves were pretty impressive.

That raises the thought that the 'awesome tech' just might distract a green soldier just out of high school & raised on Silicon, instead of paying attention to his Real World environ. (like tourists today: all with their noses in their smart phones vs. Living IN the place they've come to visit).
 
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MisterG wrote:
Eldard wrote:
Mallet wrote:
In 1964, they already knew what the future of mechanized soldiers would be like ...


A great original Outer Limits episode that I believe they remade in the later syndicated Outer Limts series.


Written, btw, by Harlan Ellison, based on his short story, "Soldier of the Future." One of the two Outer Limits he did (the other being "Demon with a Glass Hand") for which he sued James Cameron for ripping off in creating "The Terminator." The suit was settled out of court, and Cameron sneers at the affair as a nuisance suit to this day.


I re-viewed the whole original Outer Limits series a few months ago.

At the time, that series was the "state of the art".

In many of these short films, one would unfortunately have to acknowledge that the "state of the art" has not aged very well. shake

But it is fun to see how this whole series taken together captures very well a way of of life and a way of thinking that was prevalent during the times depicted.

They purported to describe the future, but every little tidbit screams "the present", or rather, our past ...

My favourite is "the man with the power". Timeless.
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Mallet wrote:
But it is fun to see how this whole series taken together captures very well a way of of life and a way of thinking that was prevalent during the times depicted.

They purported to describe the future, but every little tidbit screams "the present", or rather, our past ..


Well observed. Film and TV is and always has been a product of its time, perhaps inescapably so.
 
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sullafelix wrote:
Now all we need are the suicidal bugs popping out of distant caves. robot

Bring Them On!




Afterall, "Bugs like it hot":
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/story/2012-07-23/summer-bu...
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US soldiers to wear blast sensors to collect wartime shock data:
http://www.engadget.com/2012/07/30/soldier-body-unit/

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That 'suit' STILL won't 'explain' the *significance* of the accompanying "rainbow!" whistle
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