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Postby Kay » Tue 13 Mar 2012 05:49 GMT

There's a really interesting story on the BBC:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-16632764

Among other things it talks of how exoskeletons could be of help to disabled people. It's not going to happen tomorrow, and it's going to be expensive, but the technology is coming.
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Postby Graeme » Tue 13 Mar 2012 13:59 GMT

Interesting. I already use electrical micro-stim to help people re-learn where their muscles are and how to move them again. It's course and somewhat uncomfortable but it works quite well. I can certainly see how this could be used in some form of tight fitting suit to peripherally stimulate the correct nerves, perhaps the odd implant for the deeper muscles. It's an area which needs a lot of work, there just isn't the money to be made there so the investments for the disabled are not huge. The ethics behind it are a whole different ball game too. :D
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Postby Kay » Wed 14 Mar 2012 17:17 GMT

Yet more news about robots.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17367984

In this one they're setting records for swimming across the Pacific Ocean.

The world is going to be a very different place from what we know now. It's a pity none of us will be around to see it in 100 years time. On the other hand, it's so darned hard trying to keep up with technological changes even today that in many ways I don't envy the people of the future.
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Postby ruggie » Mon 9 Apr 2012 07:27 GMT

Thanks. I must find out more about the self-powered bit - probably uses some of the solar power to control it. Robotics has come a long way.
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