It’s hard to say in all cases which happens first. Does science and technology reality drive the science fiction pop culture, or is it the other way around? Does science fiction predict future technology?
Probably some of both, actually. No doubt, the classic television series “Star Trek” from the 1960s has proven to be a remarkable predictor of real technology that has emerged decades later. For example, smartphone technology today resembles those Star Trek communicators quite a bit, don’t you think?
And when it comes to human assisted robotics, the two Iron Man movies have created a wonderful glimpse at the possibilities for machine assisted motor function. Who doesn’t want one of those Iron Man suits like Robert Downey Jr?
Back to reality, the French company RB3D has announced the RB3D Hercule Exoskeleton Legs. RB3D calls these collaborative robotic devices that assist humans with motor function “cobots” (that is collaborative robots or cobots).
As is common with many technology innovations, the Hercule Exoskelten legs are actually a joint venture between several companies and agencies including RB3D, the French Directorate General Armaments, CES LIST and ESME Sudria.
The robotic exoskeleton legs are battery-powered and are engineered to augment a human user’s strength and lifting power. A human user that wears the robotic legs is able to lift up to 220 pounds. The robotic legs can operate on a battery charge for up to 12.5 miles if the user walks at a normal pace. These robotic assist devices move in natural unison with the user, and apparently, it’s not difficult to adapt your motion and learn how to use the exoskeleton legs.
See a demonstration of the RB3D Hercule Exoskelton Legs
RB3D is planning to introduce the Hercule Exoskeleton legs for both Civilian and Military use in 2014.
Source: [Gadget Lab: Wired]
We’ve all been there. You’re driving on a long road trip along an isolated road when Mother Nature calls. You continue driving and desperation grows until you finally reach the next gas station. You get down from the car and rush to the toilet only to be met with an unsanitary toilet seat.
However, faced with the slim prospect of encountering another toilet and even slimmer prospect of a clean toilet, you have no choice but to brave the filth to do your business. It is unfortunate that most of us have to deal with dirty public toilets amidst today’s modern society because of the thinking that public toilets are for public use and not for public upkeep.
However, one company aims to solve the problem of filthy public toilet seats by coming up with the Public Toilet Seat Survival Kit. The 3-inch tall metal tin contains one toilet seat cover which you can put over the dirty toilet seat before sitting down on it. It also has two antiseptic wipes for you to kill any bacteria or germs resting on the toilet seat for the germaphobic in you.
There is also a pair of latex-free disposable gloves for you to slip on in case you don’t want to get your hands dirty. If you are on the road often and frequently find yourself having to use public restrooms, then it might be advisable for you to keep one of these kits in the car. If you find the price tag a bit pricey or unreasonable, then you can opt to make your own public toilet seat survival kit.
[Source: Perpetual Kid]
The Hand Crank Emergency Beacon is an emergency beacon that is supplied with electrical energy by rotating a built in hand crank on it. This survival gadget is portable and it provides instant light when you need one. It does not require you to use any batteries and it can last longer than an emergency life flare.
You can generate light by rotating the beacon’s dynamo which is very easy to wind, for at least two minutes or more supplies energy to an internal three phase alternator and can induce 15 minutes of light source.
The crank flashlight beacon’s light head tilts to a 90 degree angle. It has three LEDs that projects out a constant powerful and bright light and on the opposite side is a red flashing light to alert oncoming vehicles that you are there. The emergency beacon exterior is weather proof and has a built in tripod that allows it to be placed in an upright position with complete stability.
The Hand Crank Emergency Beacon is about the size of a regular flashlight and it also gives instant handheld illumination by just tilting back the light head and folding in the tripod. The emergency beacon can also be powered by a DC adaptor which comes along with the emergency beacon. Dimensions for this device are 7 inches in Length/Height and 2 and a half inches in diameter. Total weight for the emergency beacon is about eight pounds. The hand crank emergency beacon is an inexpensive item and the market value for it is about $39.95.
The Netted Cocoon Hammock is basically a hammock with a net above or surrounding it so that bugs and insects can’t go in and disturb you while you are asleep in the hammock. The netted design allows breeze to flow in to the hammock giving you comfort and a good rest without those conspicuous mosquitoes sucking your blood out of every part of your body.
The Netted Cocoon Hammock is designed with a four feet height clearance so that you are able to move around in it to adjust your posture and look out of it without the need to move your body to much. The netted cocoon hammock has a dual side zipper to make it easier for you to go in or out of it. Inside the hammock, there are two pockets (one on each side, left and right) to provide extra storage space just to be convenient for the loungers.
The hammock bed is made out of long lasting firm parachute nylon which is tripled stitched on every stress point that allows it to support weights up to 400 pounds. The hammock includes two 20 foot long bungee cord that is meant for hanging the hammock and two nautical grade locking carabiners.
All of these items including the hammock are stored in one bag for convenient purposes. The netted cocoon hammock weighs about 1 and half pounds and it is 10 and half feet in length, 6 and half feet in width and 4 feet in height. The hammock ranges around $99.95 in price. You can find the Netted Cocoon Hammock at your local store today!
This device may look like a rugged handheld but don’t be fooled by what you see outside because there’s lots more inside. The Eton Raptor Solar Survival Tool is basically an emergency radio but with loads of other features.
This is a survival tool in the real sense of the word as its digital clock display comes not only with an alarm to wake you up when needed, but a compass for those times when you can no longer distinguish the right way to go and a digital radio with AM, FM and WB bands. You get the best of both worlds too because the Raptor comes with a DC input and a mini-USB plug.
While those features are already more than helpful for campers and for sophisticated travellers, Eton did not stop there but added some more perks including a barometer and an altimeter, making it one of the best outdoor gadgets.
If you’re thinking about where to put the gadget then don’t worry because you can easily attach it to your bag using the carabiner that comes with the Raptor. And if you consider it an emergency to have a sealed beer in your hand, then thank the Raptor’s makers because they even included a bottle opener.
A lot of people have been waiting for the Raptor to become available commercially ever since they saw it during last year’s CES. And now that it’s available, you might want to grab one because you never know when you will need it.
The best thing about the Raptor survival gadget is its ability to be recharged with the sun’s juice although you have to wait for 18 hours to do that. If you’re in a hurry, then use the AC adapter or use the USB to plug it into your PC, and you wait for only four hours. And here’s the kicker! You can also use the fully-charged Raptor to recharge your other mobile devices through the USB.
Now, isn’t that great for only $150?