[ExI] US Army to Build Armored Talos Suit That Merges Man and Machine
atymes at gmail.com
Thu Oct 24 05:05:43 UTC 2013
Yeah, they've been working on this for a while. The one big challenge
they've run into: power density.
in short: the batteries (or fuel cells) they can fit on a human-armor-sized
thing can't power it for long enough to be tactically useful (at least 4
hours; I don't know if they've even got up to 1 hour), and non-battery
solutions have problems making them impractical (small gasoline engines are
not quiet and have emissions indoors, fission reactors don't come that
small yet and there are concerns with carrying significant radioactives
into a combat zone, et cetera).
If it wasn't for that one issue, they'd have field-ready versions today.
But most of the work on these is reinventing the wheel, only to eventually
run into a lack of power density. That said, this isn't a problem for some
of the non-military applications...but (unfortunately) almost everyone
treats those as a secondary market, if they think of them at all; very few
pursue the avenue that could actually result in shippable product. (Then
again, many of the "developers" live to divert government R&D funding into
things that they have no intention of turning into actual products, despite
controls attempting to stop them from doing so.)
On Mon, Oct 21, 2013 at 6:42 PM, John Grigg <possiblepaths2050 at gmail.com>wrote:
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