DailyDirt: Supersuits Are The Next Wearable Tech?

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All kinds of technophiles are looking forward to new and better-looking smartwatches and wearable devices that don't make a person look like a member of the Borg. Everyone has seen gadgets getting smaller and more fashionable over time, so it's not just foolish optimism to hope that wearable tech will be amazing and cool in a few short years. Some cool wearable stuff is being developed right now, but it doesn't look too fashionable yet. Here are some examples. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

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    silverscarcat (profile), Aug 12th, 2014 @ 3:40pm

    HONEY!

    Where is my SUPER SUIT?!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 12th, 2014 @ 6:11pm

    Re: HONEY!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 12th, 2014 @ 6:55pm

    70 lbs?

    What ever happened to plain old muscles?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 12th, 2014 @ 11:11pm

    Re: 70 lbs?

    I think the effortlessly part is important here. While I've seen plenty of strong people I don't think I've seen them handle seventy pound anything like it was nothing.

    Economically machine strength works out in their favor too. It will probably be cheaper to replace a supersuit or its parts than for workplace injuries from lifting 70lbs, or wrongful death cases. Machines are cheap. Humans are expensive. Just look at the cost of your mechanic vs your doctor.

     

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    Androgynous Cowherd, Aug 13th, 2014 @ 12:18am

    If you ever need to pitch an alien queen out an airlock in a hurry...

    Employees of Daewoo who are building ships in South Korea have access to robotic exoskeletons that can help them lift 70 lbs of stuff effortlessly.


    WhirrCLUNK
    WhirrCLUNK
    WhirrCLUNK

    "Get away from her you bitch!"

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Aug 13th, 2014 @ 7:59am

    Re: 70 lbs?

    70 lbs isn't so light when you've lifted your hundredth 70 lb load in a day.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 13th, 2014 @ 9:34am

    Re: Re: 70 lbs?

    "70 lbs isn't so light when you've lifted your hundredth 70 lb load in a day."

    It's something called "work". More people should try it.

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Aug 13th, 2014 @ 9:44am

    Re: Re: Re: 70 lbs?

    In your cynicism, you missed the basic point: this isn't about people not wanting to do physical work, it's about employers wanting to maximize productivity.

    If a worker is moving large numbers of 70 lb loads all day, they'll be doing it more slowly at the end of the shift at the start. Reducing the physical effort means that the productivity won't fall off over the course of the day.

     

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    jo (profile), Aug 13th, 2014 @ 11:59am

    Yep

    the only problem is they only people to receive them will PD in the new Amerika

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 15th, 2014 @ 7:22am

    Supersuits are cool, just be careful you don't punch the wrong button and accidentally kill James Brown.

     

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