Why are these things not real yet? It seems so practical for anything. Construction. Hazmat. Fire and rescue. Police.
Fuck that stupid exosuit the military or whoever developed. The technology has been around for like EVER (power source? Whocaresthrowgaspoweredgeneratorintoit). Big dog. Wild cat. Those self driving car races they have testing tech for the vehicles to "see" with. All of this stuff is old old news.
Even older? GE's walking truck from the 60s using a fucking gas powered motor and hydraulics. Either you are a complete fucking idiot for believing shit like that isn't already improved upon by the military, or your fucking stupid for not having improved upon it.
I mean come on people.
> It seems so practical for anything.
how? they would be incredibly energy inefficient, dangerous and EXPENSIVE
>The technology has been around for like EVER
For a fully modular and wireless suit that doesn't suck ass and require constant maintenance and monitoring by engineers?
Believe me friend, I want mechs and power armor as much as the next sensible person, but it's just not going to happen unless we're dealing with infrastructure or creatures hundreds of times larger than we have to deal with now.
Because honestly? Most businesses (and the government!) aren't going to spend $200,000 to protect a single scrub when you could use that money to equip 200 scrubs pretty decently. A human life just isn't worth that much.
/k/ dropping in
Multiple mechanical exoskeletons are in development under a huge DARPA umbrella project the end goal of which is to produce an uparmored individual soldier
Laminated ballisitic steel armor plates like those from AMI go above and beyond their NIJ rating, and advancement across the industry is astounding
Weaponized lasers a few decades ago were total sci fi. Then they became something research labs played around with. Then something that was theorized in how best to deploy. Now we have laser systems that can shoot down an ICBM during its boost phase. Have have vehicle mounted lasers for destroying IEDs and taking out drones.
In small arms development the LSAT project is the greatest achievement in caseless and cased telescoping ammo ever. It allows a soldier to carry. A lighter, smaller package ultimately yields a greater potential volume of more controllable fire and makes the soldier that much more effective.
"Smart fabrics" with imbedded sensors, energy harvesting tech, and artificial muscle are being trialed by several companies and universities
Batteries tech is advancing on every front in hundreds of different directions.Charge time, charge cycles, increased total capacity with different anode and cathode materials. There is even incredibly strong headway being made in commercially viable sugar based batteries that outperform current li-on cells by a substantial margin.
Every individual component exists separately, and may have existed for years, but that doesn't mean it was technically combined them all into one bug free platform years ago. It takes a long time to work out the kinks. The first automobiles were nothing like cars we have today, but if you used the same logic you'd be saying
>hurr durrr we had gas powered cars for over a hundred years, why haven't we mastered flying cars yet
Why even throw a person into it?
Seems a bit silly when you could just have a remotely controlled terminator walking around.