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Japanese Exoskeleton Suit Goes On Sale For Only $93,000. [Kotaku] “The suits are nine-feet tall and weigh 88 pounds. The highly expressively exoskeleton is completely analog and won’t make the wearer faster or stronger. Then what exactly does the suit do? Well, you can get it in, walk around, control its arms and move the fingers.” [Interview with makers Reyes Tatsuru Shiroku and Tomohiro Aka] [YouTube][Promotional Video]
posted by Fizz (38 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
 
How upset do you think my wife would be if we suddenly had no equity in our house and had to wait 6 months while that cleared customs?
posted by Nanukthedog at 12:43 PM on April 6, 2018 [9 favorites]


“Then what exactly does the suit do? Well, you can get it in, walk around, control its arms and move the fingers.”
**approaches attendant at 7-11**

ME: “HUMAN. I DESIRE THE DEW THAT IS RED AND CALLED MOUNTAIN. HERE IS THE AGREED UPON DISCS OF MONEY. PROCEED TO PLACE LIQUID CONTAINER INTO MY HAND.”
posted by Fizz at 12:45 PM on April 6, 2018 [10 favorites]


“We didn’t think about creating anything useful,” he added. “That’s probably why we were able to develop a unique thing.”
posted by BungaDunga at 12:58 PM on April 6, 2018 [9 favorites]


"How upset do you think my wife would be if we suddenly had no equity in our house and had to wait 6 months while that cleared customs?"

Um, I doubt the customs clearance delays would be on the top of her list of complaints?

That being said, I completely encourage your planned actions as long as it involves a meet-up when the new toy arrives.
posted by el io at 12:59 PM on April 6, 2018 [1 favorite]


As an exoskeleton, I don’t think it quite succeeds. A complete exoskeleton would have thoracic/abdominal plating to protect the squishy bits, right?

As an endoskeleton, though, under fur...
posted by Sys Rq at 12:59 PM on April 6, 2018 [3 favorites]


This seems like the first thing you'd need to stage a "Transformers On Ice" show
posted by BungaDunga at 1:00 PM on April 6, 2018 [4 favorites]


Think of all the Halloween costume contests you would win...
posted by jim in austin at 1:03 PM on April 6, 2018 [3 favorites]


My wife will finally be able to reach the top shelf of the cupboard.
posted by notyou at 1:06 PM on April 6, 2018 [6 favorites]


At Universal Studios in both Hollywood and Orlando, at the Transformers ride, they have live Optimus Prime and Bumblebee that just hang out for you to take photos with. The performers are probably on stilts and have limited control of the arms (the fingers don't move), but this could be the next version of that.
posted by numaner at 1:11 PM on April 6, 2018


I can't wait until Guillermo del Toro puts Doug Jones inside one of these things.
posted by Faint of Butt at 1:16 PM on April 6, 2018 [2 favorites]


Does this come with a father who abandoned me at a young age but now wants me to use this to fight alien monstrosities? I already have the crippling self-esteem and self-loathing issues down.
posted by Sangermaine at 1:17 PM on April 6, 2018 [32 favorites]


The highly expressively exoskeleton is completely analog and won’t make the wearer faster or stronger.

Yet
posted by Beholder at 1:23 PM on April 6, 2018


I'd buy that for 93,000 dollars!
posted by Query at 1:30 PM on April 6, 2018 [5 favorites]


Japanese Exoskeleton Suit Goes On Sale For Only $93,000

Voice Over: Takes money to make money. Time to suit up.

CUT TO:

Ext. Downtown Bank, Day.
I, in my exosuit, lie on the sidewalk outside a bank entrance I could never possibly pass through, flailing about and crying empty threats as hoboes & teens laugh and pelt me with litter.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 1:33 PM on April 6, 2018 [6 favorites]


Is there any video footage of it available that isn't super-quick-cut shakycam?
posted by ook at 1:38 PM on April 6, 2018 [3 favorites]


I don't need to be faster, but if I'm 9 feet tall and made of metal I should be stronger.

No flamethrower. Less space than a nomad. Lame.
posted by ActingTheGoat at 2:21 PM on April 6, 2018 [2 favorites]


Well, you can get it in, walk around, control its arms and move the fingers.

...and hurl xenomorph queens out of airlocks into the cold vacuum of space.
posted by sexyrobot at 2:47 PM on April 6, 2018 [6 favorites]


If I run into any 2-3m long kaiju, I now know what to do.
posted by bonehead at 3:13 PM on April 6, 2018 [2 favorites]


Think of all the Halloween costume contests you would win...

Depends on whether showing up to the venue is a part of the conditions for entry. "Jim is out in the driveway, can we get the judges down there?"
posted by Meatbomb at 5:30 PM on April 6, 2018 [1 favorite]


Think of all the Halloween costume contests you would win...

This is my version
posted by achrise at 5:58 PM on April 6, 2018 [8 favorites]


> el io:
""How upset do you think my wife would be if we suddenly had no equity in our house and had to wait 6 months while that cleared customs?"

Um, I doubt the customs clearance delays would be on the top of her list of complaints?

That being said, I completely encourage your planned actions as long as it involves a meet-up when the new toy arrives."


Someone win one of those multistate lotteries so we can buy a slew for THE MeFi meetup. MeFi exo-only meetup @... Or if you decide Samizdata REALLY needs his FIRST cosplay opportunity....
posted by Samizdata at 7:30 PM on April 6, 2018


> Alvy Ampersand:
"Japanese Exoskeleton Suit Goes On Sale For Only $93,000

Voice Over: Takes money to make money. Time to suit up.

CUT TO:

Ext. Downtown Bank, Day.
I, in my exosuit, lie on the sidewalk outside a bank entrance I could never possibly pass through, flailing about and crying empty threats as hoboes & teens laugh and pelt me with litter."


Cut to Samizdata, also exo-clad, with exo-arms crossed, tapping exo-foot, since he doesn't have the strength boost to push Alvy through the door...

I keep laughing as I see Alvy's comment.
posted by Samizdata at 7:34 PM on April 6, 2018 [1 favorite]


> ActingTheGoat:
"I don't need to be faster, but if I'm 9 feet tall and made of metal I should be stronger.

No flamethrower. Less space than a nomad. Lame."


Also, how much for a pair of electric chainsaws and mounts?
posted by Samizdata at 7:37 PM on April 6, 2018 [1 favorite]


Sys Rq: "As an endoskeleton, though, under fur..."

I was thinking about the fun you could have just wandering around in populous BC provincial parks in a 9' fur covered suit. It would be great fun until someone shot you.
posted by Mitheral at 8:30 PM on April 6, 2018 [2 favorites]


> Mitheral:
"Sys Rq: "As an endoskeleton, though, under fur..."

I was thinking about the fun you could have just wandering around in populous BC provincial parks in a 9' fur covered suit. It would be great fun until someone shot you."


ManBearPig! SHOOT IT! SHOOT IT NOOOOOOOOOOOOW!
posted by Samizdata at 8:57 PM on April 6, 2018


I was thinking less of realistic get-shot bear costumes than, like, mecha-furries. Evolution!
posted by Sys Rq at 11:05 PM on April 6, 2018 [1 favorite]


So the point when the fun would actually end is when a bear with the ursine equivalent of a robosexual fetish decides it wants to mate with you.
posted by XMLicious at 11:29 PM on April 6, 2018


Does it make you slower and weaker?
posted by yonega at 12:14 AM on April 7, 2018


> Sys Rq:
"I was thinking less of realistic get-shot bear costumes than, like, mecha-furries. Evolution!"

You know, you pick up one of Troy Hurtubise's hocked suits, then the exo, then dress as a bear and terrify the populace!
posted by Samizdata at 1:21 AM on April 7, 2018


> XMLicious:
"So the point when the fun would actually end is when a bear with the ursine equivalent of a robosexual fetish decides it wants to mate with you."

And I cover that with my Hurtubise suit, so all good.
posted by Samizdata at 1:21 AM on April 7, 2018 [1 favorite]


someone please get one and bring to burning man
posted by vs at 1:52 AM on April 7, 2018 [1 favorite]


These guys need to collaborate with Troy Hurtubise, stat.
posted by flabdablet at 3:50 AM on April 7, 2018


So the point when the fun would actually end is when a bear with the ursine equivalent of a robosexual fetish decides it wants to mate with you.

That is literally my profile picture here.
posted by sexyrobot at 3:55 AM on April 7, 2018 [1 favorite]


> flabdablet:
"These guys need to collaborate with Troy Hurtubise, stat."

HA! BEATEN LIKE A FILTHY RUG!

Also, I aim too small. I think I will need FOUR electric chainsaws, two for each fist.
posted by Samizdata at 4:06 AM on April 7, 2018 [1 favorite]


Yeah, there's a lot of divorced exoskeleton guys.
posted by thelonius at 5:17 AM on April 7, 2018 [1 favorite]


Finally. The best way to walk my dogs.
posted by Splunge at 6:38 AM on April 7, 2018 [1 favorite]


Don't be silly. You'd never persuade a dog to operate one of those things.
posted by flabdablet at 10:21 AM on April 7, 2018 [3 favorites]


Also, I think I need some MDF, someone good with ornate painting, and a voice modulator so, when I run around running my chain fists and yelling "ONLY IN DEATH DOES DUTY END!" it all comes off right.
posted by Samizdata at 5:01 PM on April 8, 2018 [1 favorite]


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