HAL Exoskeleton Suit Hits Mass Production: $4200 - HotHardware
HAL Exoskeleton Suit Hits Mass Production: $4200

HAL Exoskeleton Suit Hits Mass Production: $4200

With all this talk of the new Terminator flick, we can't begin to think of a more timely announcement for this particular news bit. The HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) Cybernetic Suit, described as an exoskeleton and designed to give average humans superhuman abilities, is just about to hit mass production. If you'll recall, we first caught wind of this very system way back in October 2006, and just now its creator is getting around to pumping these out with any semblance of regularity. And we guess it makes sense -- what's the actual market demand for a suit like this, anyway?



Founding company Cyberdyne has teamed up with Daiwa House in order to "begin mass production" of the cybernetic bodysuit that "augments body movement and increases user strength by up to tenfold." In other words, this bionic suit instantly gives you the ability to lift ridiculously heavy objects and simultaneously terrify any other human you come in contact with. We're told that the suit works by "detecting faint bioelectrical signals using pads placed on specific areas of the body," and then those pads move the HAL suit accordingly.



Right now, Cyberdyne is marketing these towards individuals with mobility issues, elderly individuals and those in industries where additional strength would really come in handy (construction, wrestling and bird watching, to name a few). So, we know you're dying to know how much this will set you back. Ready for this? Really ready? Around $4,200 whenever they exit production, and Cyberdyne will only build 400 per year to start.
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In a way it's kinda cool - I like the company name. I suppose this would have some sort of military application as well? I laughed after seeing where the control unit is....on the back! Right, the exoskeleton goes crazy and ...you can't reach the off button...it's on the back, HELP! lol had to say that.

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Aside from the inherent awkwardness of mobility associated with one of these suits, the main limitation I see is battery life. Given the apparent size of the battery, I can't imagine it lasts very long, especially under strenuous usage. Unfortunately, what I am really looking forward to seeing remains strictly in the realm of anime and manga, for now that is.

Who needs a cane or a walker when for a paltry $4200 you can have one of these babies.

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Pretty cool.Idea is pretty cool but is it practical?

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If they put lazers on it then it would be cool... lol

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I saw this like a year or more ago. It was a youtube vid showing that same guy in the suit picking up really heavy stuff without breaking a sweat. I think it could be practical for a company that has people doing a lot of heavy lifting. They would be much more productive if they did not get tired as easy with the suits.

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