Skip to comments.NASA’s Inventing In Style with Awesome Robot Pants
Posted on 10/13/2012 2:26:02 PM PDT by BenLurkin
The Xi Robotic Exoskeletion is a deviceand in some ways almost a vehiclecurrently in development by NASA and the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition. Weighing in at 57 pounds, the motorized pants aim to someday offer extra resistance to astronauts in space, who can suffer from muscle atrophy from extended bouts of weightlessness, as well as parapalegics here at home.
The suit has four motorized joints located at the hips and knees, as well as six passive joints up and down the leg which allow for extra freedom of motion so you aren't just locked into walking forward like, well, a robot. A lot of the groundwork for this tech comes from the Robonaut 2, who's already serving on the ISS.
The X1 is still in development, with plans to add even more joints for bonus mobility.
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Robot pants on the ground
..yeah, that’s why we shit-canned the STS, so we can make robot pants for outreach to Muslim rappers...
Wallace of Wallace and Grommet invented mechanical pants years ago.
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