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    Another milestone on the road towards living a comic book fantasy with the news the University of Limerick has been awarded EU science funding in the development of a human exoskeleton, or as I like to call it, an Iron Man suit.

    A team of researchers at the University of Limerick have been awarded €480,000 in funding to help develop a human exoskeleton.

    An exoskeleton could be used to minimise the risk of lower back injury among those in the workplace who carry out repeated manual handling.

    It is estimated that 44m EU workers are affected by work related musculoskeletal disorders every year.

    It is thought that work related musculoskeletal disorders cost the EU economy more than €240bn.

    The project called the Robomate project aims to develop an exoskeleton for use in the workplace which would help reduce back injury.

    The UL team will receive the money as part of a €5.8m European wide project, funded under the EU's Framework Programme 7.
    UL to design human exoskeleton - RTÉ News

    Bloody EU funding our universities. Will the torment from Brussels ever end?

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    Once he gets the suit we'll never stop him.

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    Needs to be strong enough to withstand kicks from Nike trainers yet light enough to allow a full sprint while carrying a flat screen television.

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    In fairness, this is good news-its bad reporting to suggest this is an ironman suit. A better example would have been the lifters in the Alien franchise. I remember seeing one being demonstrated at a TED show a few years ago which allowed a paralyzed woman to walk around the stage-its a very useful technology, all the better to see funding given to develop it in Ireland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sking81 View Post
    In fairness, this is good news-its bad reporting to suggest this is an ironman suit. A better example would have been the lifters in the Alien franchise. I remember seeing one being demonstrated at a TED show a few years ago which allowed a paralyzed woman to walk around the stage-its a very useful technology, all the better to see funding given to develop it in Ireland.
    Fair enough and a good point. But I'd still love to have a chance to just play with one.

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    Power source will be a major issue and besides it has more to do with poor lifting technique, better spending the money sending the guys to a gym and let pro weight lifters educate them on the power of technique.

    such as below,

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    Janey, there would be no work done,,

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    Quote Originally Posted by twokidsmanybruises View Post
    Fair enough and a good point. But I'd still love to have a chance to just play with one.
    Who wouldnt ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by sking81 View Post
    I remember seeing one being demonstrated at a TED show a few years ago which allowed a paralyzed woman to walk around the stage-its a very useful technology, all the better to see funding given to develop it in Ireland.
    It's a good thing we can rebuild them now. We have the technology.


    Other than that:

    In the movies there's fellow called Stark,
    Who makes magic with wires and spark,
    But when EU brings you,
    A starred armor in blue,
    Marvel Comics can blow it for lark



    Yes, the door... this way, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ren84 View Post
    Another milestone on the road towards living a comic book fantasy with the news the University of Limerick has been awarded EU science funding in the development of a human exoskeleton, or as I like to call it, an Iron Man suit.



    UL to design human exoskeleton - RTÉ News

    Bloody EU funding our universities. Will the torment from Brussels ever end?

    Pics!



    This is case a game of playing catch up. At least the EU is adding technical expertise to the island of Ireland, which will be the main benefit of this, due to the lack of high end engineering in Ireland.

    http://bleex.me.berkeley.edu/researc...keleton/bleex/

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walking_truck

    HAL (robot) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Vanderbilt exoskeleton - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powered_exoskeleton

    There are programs for this in Japan, China, Korea and Germany.

    It is good to see that the EU is trying to add some technical ability to the Irish economy, unlike the government which still overfunds banking, finance and law in Irish education.

    Religion needs to be stopped being taught in schools and the money for it diverted to mathematics, logic, engineering and scientific subjects.

    Also there really needs to be a 5 year moratorium on teaching banking, finance and law in Ireland as there is a glut of them who are the most useless in society.

    Another good thing about EU support for universities programs is the small print which will really annoy everyone in a political party in Ireland. Usually it stipulates encouraging local companies to embed themselves in the funded programs to manufacture one of parts for research, which adds a very high level of expertise to local industry giving them the ability to compete in the wider global market, creating more jobs. It also encourages students and empolyes of companies to take part in summer exchange programs, which greatly benefits local industry and universities taking part.
    Last edited by Nemesiscorporation; 28th May 2013 at 09:06 AM.

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