Get Me a Muscle Suit–Minus the Alien

As I have gotten older, I have noticed that recovering from manual work takes longer and longer as my poor muscles respond the unaccustomed labor.  However, if researchers in Japan get their way, I can soon forget the aches and pains.  This is pretty neat.  It is basically a backpack with actuators that are powered with compressed air and controlled with a microcontroller.  It gets superior performance compared to motor-based systems because of the power to weight advantages to compressed air.  The whole apparatus weighs about 20 pounds.

Lift 40 kilograms? No problem <i>(Image: Robert Gilhooly)</i>

This is a cool advance in personal-machine technology.  I hope it does not lead to this though.

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