SARCO Exoskeleton (DARPA)

Discussion in 'General Discussion Forum' started by SuAside, Nov 25, 2007.

  1. SuAside

    SuAside Testament to the ghoul lifespan

    May 27, 2004
    Exoskeleton & powerarmor.


    either way, it's neat, but until the power requirements are straigthened out, it's still just a bigass toy with way too low autonomy to be of any use on the battlefield.

    makes you wonder how long it'll be before we see Alien type loaders on aircraft carriers and whatnot. those wouldnt require loads of autonomy anyway.
  2. iii

    iii Vault Dweller

    Oct 10, 2005
    Hey I just wanted to post same thing!

    Its hilarious that all they think of is its military use... it somehow reenforces some cliches one might have about the USA.

    Anyway I am not really impressed by this exoskelett.

    The japanese seem to be much further in their research:

    Actually the american exoskelett looks really outdated and clumsy compared to the japanese one, which already has its own portable power supply !
  3. Muff

    Muff Water Chip? Been There, Done That

    May 5, 2006
    God damn that is cool, It reminds me of the armour worn by the master chief in halo (MJLONAR?). When that is perfected that will surely by invaluable on the battle field.
  4. Zaron

    Zaron Vault Fossil

    Feb 5, 2007
    The Japanese are light years ahead of the (Western*)world.

    Although the Japanese version is much more flexible, shinier and more eminent on all aspects, the looks of the American one wins: it has this robotic intimidation that makes one look more muscly, and just the sheer presence of a soldier in that exoskeleton would make even the most devoted raghead leak his cameltail.

    *Other parts of the world that didn't make it to the list
  5. SuAside

    SuAside Testament to the ghoul lifespan

    May 27, 2004
    dont be naive... you can bet your ass that nearly all those projects are somehow sponsored by either some army or some defense contractor. sometimes it's blatantly obvious, but other times through shell companies and whatnot.

    as for the japs being so far ahead... i'm not convinced. there's an open marketplace atm. money is the equaliser. a lot of japanese projects are funded by westerners or will be bought by westerners later on.

    as for the application? Starship Troopers, please! (the book, obviously, not the movie)

  6. Paladin Solo

    Paladin Solo So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Nov 7, 2003
    I WANT ONE NOW! I suspect I'll have to marry into a rich family to be able to afford one, however. Also, I want to see someone jump in one of those things. Or is it not that ready yet?
  7. xdarkyrex

    xdarkyrex Vault Senior Citizen

    Aug 28, 2006
    Yeah, mix that suit with a little bit of this-

    And you got yourself a mjolnir :)
  8. Ah-Teen

    Ah-Teen Vault Senior Citizen

    Jun 21, 2007
    Keep in mind that that suit (probably) has been in research for 6 or 7 years. The Sarco company just started developing military robots within the last 5. Before that they were collage kids making farm equipment. GO SARCO! Probably the best thing to ever come out of utah since John Browning.
  9. Kanhef

    Kanhef Vault Dweller

    Sep 2, 2007
    The Japanese one looks closer to actual production, but it's not as versatile. Using electrical skin sensors means 'suiting up' will be a fairly elaborate process. The American model is more powerful, though it might be less so with an internal power supply, and can easily be stepped into or out of. Its biggest advantage is the claws, which can be replaced with other interchangeable appendages. Being able to handle things that are unsafe to touch by hand (sharp, corrosive, on fire, etc.) would be quite useful.

    I'm sure they can make it jump pretty well. Landing is the hard part.
  10. Ah-Teen

    Ah-Teen Vault Senior Citizen

    Jun 21, 2007
    Yeah, the company making the japanese model is less about building a combat ready suit that takes all load off the soldier and more about augmenting our already present strength. Also, they said in the japanese video that the suit sometimes goes and does a move before the muscles of the user. I imagine that could cause serious injury should someone so much as twitch.

    As for jumping. *toss* I'm a bomb! I'm a bomb! 29 28 27.... I poke my nose in it while my dad was reading it. I might just poke my nose in it again.
  11. Loxley

    Loxley Water Chip? Been There, Done That

    Apr 11, 2003
    The first and best use I can see for the american suit is that it can work as a good help when people goes to disarm bombs. I bet you can wrap alot of armor around that suit so that a bomb expert will be well protected when he goes out to inspect a bomb. I am thinking so large amount of armor that an ordinary person would not be able to carry it himself. The long tail of power makes it impractical for other uses.

    The Japanese I think will be important for people that have disabilities or amputations.
  12. tazo

    tazo First time out of the vault

    Sep 3, 2007
    Such stuff looks useful in all kind of jobs that needs lifting construction and such...and ofc for people who lost limbs or have weak limbs. I see no direct military use for now..exept loadig stuff on airplanes or such.
  13. zioburosky13

    zioburosky13 Vault Senior Citizen

    Jun 24, 2004
    Slap some poly-carbon and a fusion cell on it and you get this
    Well sort of.. :o

    Though the japan version is far more advance in terms of movement connection.
  14. Tagaziel

    Tagaziel Panzerkatze Staff Member Admin Orderite

    Dec 10, 2003
    Poly-laminate composite.

    You get an F.
  15. zioburosky13

    zioburosky13 Vault Senior Citizen

    Jun 24, 2004
    Least I didn't say steel :P
  16. generalissimofurioso

    generalissimofurioso The Hole Time Orderite

    Jun 17, 2007
    So... based on this info, I'm going to assume that within the next twenty years we'll be fighting off monkeys in power armor when a military experiment goes terribly awry.

    It's the only logical conclusion.
  17. Starseeker

    Starseeker Vault Senior Citizen

    Jul 25, 2003
    The "news" is a bit old, but it's nice to see they make some advancements upon the original design. Every year or 2, someone rediscover these news, and re-post them. I have made a post of it myself a long time ago.

    The problem is power. I wonder how long the Japanese unit lasts?

    As it stands, practicality always wins. As things stands, I think the Japanese model is a easier suit to work with. You just need to do a few calibrations before suiting up and you should be fine.

    The American model(the system) looks like the LandMates used in Apple Seed, while the Japanese one just looks like Storm Troopers or Guyver type armors.
  18. Unkillable Cat

    Unkillable Cat Mildly Dipped

    Jan 5, 2004
    Replace "USA" with "mankind", and you're right on the money.

    Name one invention and/or discovery in the history of mankind that hasn't seen "military use".
  19. Maphusio

    Maphusio Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Sep 25, 2004
    Frackin eh, I saw this on TV a couple years ago. They mentioned the various non military benefits such as being able to move patients in a hospital.
  20. Wooz

    Wooz Vault Sweeper Admin Orderite

    May 18, 2003
    Zyklon B.