Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Powered Armour in Betatesting

Well, sorta. Much of this I’d seen before, like the helmet with the heads-up displays and translation capability. The four-barreled gun, however, is new to me. The work on artificial muscles is real (in spite of the somewhat cheesy-looking web page) and absolutely fascinating. It’s the real deal, and promises the artificial limbs of our dystopian cyberpunk games, as well as a huge leap forward in robotics. The War on Terror may be the best thing that’s happened to nanotech, as it promises to solve all sorts of problems, from sniffing out and neutralizing bombs to more comfortable, full-body body armour.

Even if you don’t believe in the Singularity, the next decade promises to be pretty exciting.

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