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Cyberdyne's HAL suit goes into mass production this year. It will increase the users strength by as much as tenfold. Approximately 400 units will be produced by the next year.  (Source: Cyberdyne Corp.)
Dreams of real life robocops will be brought to life with new Japanese invention

What's blue and white and has the strength of superhero?  The answer, will soon be a human sporting a Cyberdyne Corporation suit. While the name of this Japanese firm, taken from the evil corporation in the movie Terminator, may make some a bit uneasy, its hard to fault its dream -- bringing to life the dreams of mech suits that military and fictional minds have had for decades.

Cyberdyne has partnered with Daiwa House to finally bring its HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) suit into mass production.  The company plans on offering 400 of the units, which are expected to be in short supply, to private and government buyers, at a cost of $4,200 for the suit.

The suit is truly revolutionary in that its the first publicly offered suit to increase the strength of both arms and legs to superhuman levels -- over ten times the strength of an average human.  The suit has special pads which attach to muscles and detect electrical signals form the brain.  As the muscle moves, so does the suit, augmenting the power of movements.  Special care is taken to respect the range of motion and not go too fast, so as not to damage delicate tendons, ligaments, and bones.

In short, the new suit allows an average human to accomplish seemingly impossible tasks.  Cyberdyne describes its revolutionary product, stating:
When a person attempts to move, nerve signals are sent from the brain to the muscles via motoneuron, moving the musculoskeletal system as a consequence. At this moment, very weak biosignals can be detected on the surface of the skin. HAL catches these signals through a sensor attached on the skin of the wearer. Based on the signals obtained, the power unit is controlled to wearer’s daily activities.
Demand for the new suit is expected to be huge.  From disaster relief and industrial construction, to military applications, there are many potential uses.  Perhaps the most valuable one is that the suit will allow the elderly or disabled to perform activities that they previously could not, by granting them normal strength and then some.

While the HAL suit is certainly impressive, it's even more fun to dream about what can come next.  With so much promise from the first model alone, it should be great to see what future models can accomplish -- longer autonomous battery life, more power, and possibly upgrades for military applications.  The HAL is one of those kinds of inventions that reminds you that the future is here, and is knocking on your door.

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RE: I'm old fashioned
By mindless1 on 4/11/2009 1:43:47 AM , Rating: 2
I'm afraid biology would disagree with you. The fittest have survived and evolved, those being less muscular people even with the obvious physical combat advantage of being more muscular due to higher internal steroid production.

I can appreciate that you mentioned moderation in use, but then we have to look at diminshing returns which are contrary to the point of taking them for muscle enhancement if the negative effects are ignored.

To claim that there are other types of steroids is beside the point, you knew what type the media was referring to. Anabolic steroids are a substitute for generic musculature, so of course someone won't ever want to stop using them unless it is from penalty, or recognition of other detrimental side-effects.

It seems as though you can't see the forrest for the trees, steroid use to correct a bodily imbalance is one thing, but to cause one is quite another.

RE: I'm old fashioned
By William Gaatjes on 4/11/2009 2:22:54 AM , Rating: 2
Very true.

Besides in nature before we got civilized having a voracious appetite because of having lot's of muscle is really a disadvantage.

A qoute from the text in the link i posted:

"At the moment, there really isn't anything out there that alters myostatin levels other than exercise," Wells said. "It costs energy to keep the muscle alive; the body is very nicely tuned, so if you don't need the muscle, you lose it." Since Liam's muscles don't see the effect of myostatin, he has a monstrous appetite. "He's hungry for a full meal about every hour because of his rapid metabolism," Dana Hoekstra told the AP. "He's already eating me out of house and home."

This is a 3 year old boy. Press the link, it is like a superman story. The lady adopted a boy only to find out the boy is unusually strong.

RE: I'm old fashioned
By TA152H on 4/11/2009 3:09:52 PM , Rating: 1

You're remark about biology would be valid, were it not for the fact our environments have changed dramatically. With almost all animals, and humans of the past as well, you had to balance the size of the animal carefully due to food considerations. That's why we don't have monstrous lions; they'd need too much food, and the extra size wouldn't give them enough of an ability to get it (I guess elephants wouldn't be enough :-P).

At this point in time, being smarter, stronger, and more athletic would have advantages, and also even more because of food considerations, whereas in the past the extra food demand would be a huge detriment.

That's why we crave sugar, and fat, etc... Because we are biologically conditioned to live in an environment where food is scarce, not plentiful. So, we love things with easy calories, we love to store fat for those lean periods, and we naturally choose these foods.

But, the times have changed.

Oh, and with steroids, there are diminishing returns, so small amounts can be quite effective. But, you really need to cycle them too, if you take a good amount because the receptors become less sensitive, and you need stop taking them so they are restored to normalacy. That's why people "cycle".

Most people over 40 could use small amounts of very safe steroids, like Primobolan. In a sense, their testosterone production is lower than normal, and increasing it even slightly not only has positive influences on their lives, but also positive health effects. More muscle mass, less bodyfat, more endurance, and even stronger sexual drive.

And sorry, but Primobolan is exactly the type of steroid that is banned, and it's EXTREMELY safe. But, because it's a steroid, and there are dangerous ones like Anadrol, well, let's ban it too, because the media brain-washed the public.

The irony is, now they give people testosterone, and call it 'hormone replacement', instead of synthetic steroids. Testosterone is the worst, but because it can be called 'hormone replacement', it's palatable. When you hear a bodybuilder is on "Test", or "Anadrol", part of you really wants to tell him to stop, it's not worth it. When you hear someone is on Primobolan, you have no worries at all, and realize he's being smart about it. That's one of the things A-Roid took. So, there's a huge difference in different steroids, huge.

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