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Powered Exoskeletons

Powered Exoskeletons

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The Future is Bionic…

I have always fascinated about the powers of the Bionic man. Bionic man is a very wide term whose pinnacle would be to create an artificial being. Today research in that area is progressing – an example of that is the stem cell. But talking about that would be science-fiction. So lets talk about something more real.

…so what about the present?

Have you seen science fiction movies like Avatar, G.I Joe or Iron Man? They wear a suit that

  • enable them to lift extremely heavy objects
  • run at great speeds, and even fly!
  • among other things – Iron Man also had a power source in the suit that kept him alive but that doesn’t interest us! 😉

Do you think such things could really exist, today? Yes, it happened last year at IIT. I was amazed when I saw people wearing a mechanical exoskeleton and jumping over a entire car in a single leap! During Techfest 2009 a team of performers called “3Run” from UK displayed a stunning Parkour performance! Two of them were wearing exoskeletons (3Run doesn’t mention this on their website) which I believe looks just like the ones produced by PowerSkip, a German company.

Read More: A report on Artificial Exoskeletons [PDF]

TODO: Engineering of Powered Exoskeletons

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Solar Eclipse 2010

Unlike my undergrad college an eclipse here is really a celebrated event!

Solar Eclipse 2010

Junta at the event

Krittika – Astronomy club of IITB actually gave solar filters and had even setup a telescope for us to view the eclipse closely.

Here are some snaps I clicked that day:

Solar Eclipse 2010

Auto Focus; 20x Zoom

It is amazing to realize power of technology that lies within our hands today;
high zoom camera + solar filter = sunspots, observed by a common man!

Solar Eclipse 2010

Sunspots; Manual Mode; Infinity Focus; 20x Zoom

The sky around:

Aurora; Image Courtesy: Vishal Tanna

Aurora; Image Courtesy: Vishal Tanna

And yes, there were a few, creatively-bent, willing to behold the power of the sun without any fear …

Telescopic Projection

… and dare its true purpose!

Telescopic Projection Burning

More such images at:
http://www.spaceweather.com/eclipses/gallery_15jan10.htm

Thanks to AP (Anand Prateek) and Vishal Tanna for lending me their camera.