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Whoa. Check this out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYWd2C3XVIk

The one thing I don't see is the power source - we've had the capability for decades to make an exoskeleton like this, or the loader in Aliens, even with the fine closed-loop feedback. The problem is powering the sucker without an external hydraulic power unit the size of a Prius. It takes a LOT of hydro flow and pressure to exert this much force with that much speed. I don't think any kind of electric actuators could be small enough and powerful enough - and then you'd still need a powerful generator or battery system.

As someone on the YouTube comments put it, we can make a real pretty spaceship, but not one with engines. Yet.

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Impressive, even with wired power.

Materials science, miniaturization, feedback controls. Portable power may not be too far away. This sort of thing reminds me of the problems the Wright brothers solved, pulling it all together.

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