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Posted by Noemon (Member # 1115) on :
Great, if not surprising news!. Combine this technology with that robotic exoskeleton think I linked to a few weeks back, and before you know it para and quadriplegics will be walking around without any trouble!

Edited to add the word "Robotic" to the subject line. I wondered what Tres was talking about!

[ March 24, 2004, 02:51 PM: Message edited by: Noemon ]
Posted by T_Smith (Member # 3734) on :
Or combine it with Segway, and suddenly you got an Army of unstoppable, balanced robot warriors!
Posted by zgator (Member # 3833) on :
<puts 2-ft high concrete block wall in front of Nathan's unstoppable robot warriors>
Posted by gwan (Member # 6194) on :
WOW! [Eek!]
Posted by St. Yogi (Member # 5974) on :
The future is now!
Posted by T_Smith (Member # 3734) on :
Yeah, well...

::thinks really hard and robot does a triple axel over the 2 foot wall::
Posted by Xaposert (Member # 1612) on :
Is this news? I can already control my arm just by thinking about it!

Maybe I'm more technologically advanced than I had thought...
Posted by larisse (Member # 2221) on :
Yeah... but can you control my arm with your mind. On second thought... don't answer that... [Eek!]
Posted by T_Smith (Member # 3734) on :
Posted by Farmgirl (Member # 5567) on :
Posted by Noemon (Member # 1115) on :
I wonder how many robotic limbs a single person could control simultaneously? I'm imagining remote controlled battle spiders, directly neurally linked construction equipment, smart buildings in which controls like lights, thermostat, etc. could be operated mentally by the occupant, and stuff like that.
Posted by eslaine (Member # 5433) on :
I believe a normal humanoid style exoskeleton would be effective enough.

Considering armaments these days. I'd like to see experiments on controlling weapon systems in the same vein. [Evil]
Posted by Hobbes (Member # 433) on :
I thought that the chemicals released in sleep to cause paralysis were in the body, not just the cerebellum (that's the section that has muscle control right?) Am I wrong, or would these lead to rather interesting effects while sleeping?

Hobbes [Smile]
Posted by Hobbes (Member # 433) on :
Ohh, and by the way, this sounds ridiculously cool, but the wireless aspect worries me. I'd rather not let people have the ability to hack into the control link on my arm. [Angst]

Hobbes [Smile]
Posted by Noemon (Member # 1115) on :
See, I want to remote pilot a fully weapon equipped battle spider.
Posted by rivka (Member # 4859) on :
I don't think so, Hobbes. I thought it was just the part of the brain that sent the messages to the muscles that gets shut down.
Posted by Noemon (Member # 1115) on :
Interesting thought Hobbes. Hmmm...if one could hack a system like this, and if full exoskeletons became the norm for people with spinal cord injuries, then it would be possible to take remote control of a ready made army and use it for Eeevil.

[ March 24, 2004, 03:06 PM: Message edited by: Noemon ]
Posted by Hobbes (Member # 433) on :
That makes more sense, but I could swear I'd heard otherwise some place. Ahh well.

Anyways, my second concern is still applicable. I'm still useful, don't shut me down yet NASA!

Hobbes [Smile]
Posted by Noemon (Member # 1115) on :
Yeah, I'm about 98% sure that rivka's right on that one.
Posted by zgator (Member # 3833) on :
Now I'm imagining some poor quadriplegic in an exoskeleton saying "Really, it's not me robbing your liquor store. My brother hacked it again."
Posted by rivka (Member # 4859) on :
Normal sleep paralysis is thought to be due to mechanisms in the brain stem, particularly the reticular, vestibular, and oculomotor neurons, which prevent bodily movements, block sensory input and provide the forebrain with the internally generated activity that characterises brain activity during REM sleep.
(from here)
Posted by Hobbes (Member # 433) on :
So now at least, when some formally quadriplegic person robs a drug store, they'll have to be awake.

(I know, if it was hacked they wouldn't, but I thought it was clever).

Hobbes [Smile]
Posted by Noemon (Member # 1115) on :
Anybody remember the Robert Silverberg novel where humans are subject to being possessed, at any time, by alien entites, who then use their bodies to run rampant, doing all sorts of destructive things? I remember thinking that it was an interesting take on how a society would deal with such a thing happening regularly, but then I was only about 14 or so when I read it, so it's entirely possible that I wouldn't be so impressed by it now.
Posted by Primal Curve (Member # 3587) on :
Is this a bluetooth device? I don't want to go to an amputee's convention and have my arm start scratching my butt or something.
Posted by zgator (Member # 3833) on :
Wouldn't that be better than your arm scratching someone else's butt? Or anything else, for that matter.
Posted by Dan_raven (Member # 3383) on :
Remember B5, and G'Kars eye implant. He could (and did) leave it somewhere unnoticed, but able to ummm spy, yeah spy, on the Alliance President and his--um Vice President.

[ March 24, 2004, 04:13 PM: Message edited by: Dan_raven ]
Posted by ssywak (Member # 807) on :
Unstoppable balanced robot warriors, eh?

You mean, like this:

Don't ask what Figure 12 is, though. You don't want to know.

[ March 24, 2004, 10:06 PM: Message edited by: ssywak ]

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