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Robotic Suit For Rent In Japan 202

Posted by timothy
from the low-miles-one-owner-died-quick dept.
xTantrum writes with an AP story that begins "A robotic suit that reads brain signals and helps people with mobility problems will be available to rent in Japan for $2,200 a month starting Friday — an invention that may have far-reaching benefits for the disabled and elderly."
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Robotic Suit For Rent In Japan

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  • fp bitches! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by shaitand (626655) on Friday October 10, 2008 @02:48AM (#25324933) Journal

    'an invention that may have far-reaching benefits for the disabled and elderly'

    Not for $2200/month it won't.

  • Re:fp bitches! (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Splab (574204) on Friday October 10, 2008 @02:55AM (#25324973)

    Well it wont help in places where elderly are expected to take care of themselves - however in the civilized parts of the world where the government takes care of their elderly and disabled this will have huge benefits for all.

  • Re:fp bitches! (Score:4, Insightful)

    by TubeSteak (669689) on Friday October 10, 2008 @03:11AM (#25325045) Journal

    Well it wont help in places where elderly are expected to take care of themselves - however in the civilized parts of the world where the government takes care of their elderly and disabled this will have huge benefits for all.

    You let me know what country takes care of their eldery to the tune of $2200 per month, because that's where I want to retire.

    Last I checked, most of those "civilized parts of the world" are either reforming their State pension systems or are planning to.

  • Re:fp bitches! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by clarkkent09 (1104833) on Friday October 10, 2008 @03:18AM (#25325073)
    in the civilized parts of the world where the government takes care of their elderly

    Government doesn't take care of the elderly, taxpayers do. If you are going to take my money and pass it on to the elderly then at least give credit where it's due.
  • Re:fp bitches! (Score:3, Insightful)

    by TheLink (130905) on Friday October 10, 2008 @03:34AM (#25325173) Journal
    What they should do is stop discouraging people from having supersize meals and chain smoking. And put heavy taxes on tobacco and fries.

    That'll help take care of the elderly :).
  • Re:fp bitches! (Score:4, Insightful)

    by TheJasper (1031512) on Friday October 10, 2008 @04:15AM (#25325301)
    I can quite imagine in my parts of the world this being a feasible benefit for the elderly *and* the disabled. This doesn't mean everyone over 65 is all of a sudden going to be outfitted like robocop. It means that if this technology will significantly improve someones standard of living then 26,400 isn't the issue.

    As for magically appearing...nothing ever does. First you have to have the machines. At the same time pretty much you need doctors, therapists and tecnicians trained to work with the machine. Then you have to probably teach people to work with it.
    It's not the money that will be a big problem but the support structure. Even so, I'm sure in 10-20 years you'll be seeing these things or similar ones on the same level as a wheelchair.
  • Re:fp bitches! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Splab (574204) on Friday October 10, 2008 @04:42AM (#25325399)

    Well Denmark is spending more than that per month.

    Having such a suit means the elderly can get up and down stairs by themselves, go shopping on their own - that means freeing up workers and giving companies more people to hire, while we are currently feeling a bit of pain due to the financial crisis we still have more job offerings than people to hire.

  • Re:Cyberdyne? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by thermian (1267986) on Friday October 10, 2008 @05:24AM (#25325601)

    Summer Glau, is that you?

    If all robots looked like her, I'd be the first in the queue for robotic domination...

  • Re:fp bitches! (Score:4, Insightful)

    by compro01 (777531) on Friday October 10, 2008 @05:29AM (#25325617)

    $2200 for now. Remember, this is a first-gen product.

  • Re:fp bitches! (Score:3, Insightful)

    by smoker2 (750216) on Friday October 10, 2008 @05:50AM (#25325691) Homepage Journal
    Yeah, because you would just donate your money every time you see an elderly person in trouble. Same as how you maintain the roads, and defend the country.
  • Re:fp bitches! (Score:3, Insightful)

    by SoupIsGoodFood_42 (521389) on Friday October 10, 2008 @06:17AM (#25325817)

    You pay the government to take problems off your hand. Give credit where it's due.

  • DEAR GOD NO (Score:5, Insightful)

    by loafula (1080631) on Friday October 10, 2008 @09:17AM (#25326789)
    Anyone who has ever seen the elderly try to drive a car already knows this is a HORRIBLE idea.
  • by Shotgun (30919) on Friday October 10, 2008 @09:22AM (#25326835)

    The problem is that they will be running up against the Laws of Physics. You can make it smaller and lighter all you want, as long as you don't run up against those most enforced of laws.

    Phones and video games just have to produce voltages large enough to represent 1s and possibly 0s. Maybe produce some light. You can get away with using less power if you can make the electronics smaller. A nice feedback loop.

    This robotic system has to actually lift and move things. Things that are not getting smaller. It takes a given amount of power to lift a 170lb person. You can't make the power requirement smaller. To be mobile, something to generate that power has to be carried along. There are several ways of possibly accomplishing this task, but don't count on any major revolutions.

  • Re:Obligatory... (Score:2, Insightful)

    by AgentSmith (69695) on Friday October 10, 2008 @01:03PM (#25329441)

    "Cyberdyne, a new company in Tsukuba outside Tokyo, will mass-produce HAL. Two people demonstrated the suits at the company's headquarters on Tuesday."

    Cyberdyne producing HAL!?

    Good god, are they TRYING to tempt fate? Expect to see exhausted pensioners in Japan running around the street while their robotic suits are running rampant.

    You beat me to it.

    Humanity! We're just begging for it!
    Might as well have a company called the Seventh Seal run by a guy called Morningstar.
    When on the company's opening day he opens the large front doors that happened to be shaped
    like a large scroll with a wax seal. The company starts a large Web 2.0 AI network to control the entire
    defense system of the free world.

    You've been warned people! Warned I tells ya!

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