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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-04-17 12:35
  Subject:   PopSci takes a slightly more in-depth look at Sarcos's XOS.
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Sarcos's next-gen leg can swing freely to reduce the energy cost of walking.

http://www.popsci.com/scitech/article/2008-04/building-real-iron-man

I can't believe they're still stumbling on the power source. I've already got that part nailed. My solution isn't cheap (about $10k), and it ain't quiet, but it will provide more than enough power, it's free of rotational inertia effects, and it's made of parts you can buy today.
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  User: nickhalfasleep
  Date: 2008-04-17 20:26 (UTC)
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Admit it, you really want to use a small water-tube boiler with a Lempor stack and contra-flow superheating elements to give you a continuous supply of high pressure steam for a coal-fired mecha.

Now that would be steampunk.
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2008-04-17 21:01 (UTC)
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Bah! Steam's power/weight ratio is CRAP! Crap I tell you! Not to mention the efficiency just suxxxxxxxxx.
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  User: (Anonymous)
  Date: 2008-04-17 20:37 (UTC)
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Does your solution involve pumping hard gamma radiation into someone's kidneys? Because I'm still trying to figure out how to avoid that.
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2008-04-17 20:58 (UTC)
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Nope, no radiation involved. Runs fine on JP-4 too.
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  User: nickhalfasleep
  Date: 2008-04-17 21:46 (UTC)
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I want that hazard sign behind him too.
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2008-04-17 22:20 (UTC)
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Awesome, isn't it? ;D

I think I like it even more than this one:

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