With all this talk of the new Terminator
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.