hardiman

【機械人間】世界最古の外骨格パワードスーツが腰抜かすほどカッコいい件

パワードスーツの概念は1959年に米国で刊行されたロバート・A・ハインラインのSF小説「宇宙の戦士」によってつくられた。(モビルスーツももともとパワードスーツのイメージだったそうだ。)そして、これを一番最初にカタチにしようとしたのがGE(米国General Electric社)だ。この「Hardiman」は1965年に生まれた最初のパワードスーツというわけだ。

「680kgの物をたやすく持ち上げる」ことが目指された。

しかしこのプロジェクトは失敗に終わったそうだ。残念!

細かいことは抜きに、とにかく重機のようにマッシブなデザインがすげーカッコいいっす。

1965-71 – G.E. Hardiman I – Ralph Mosher (American) [cyberneticzoo.com]
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Hardiman[Wikipedia]


1/24 攻殻機動隊 S.A.C 海自アームスーツ[海自303式強化外骨格] (Black Ver.)
魂ウェブ限定 COMPOSITE Ver.Ka 全領域汎用人型決戦外骨格 長門ロボ
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These black and white pictures show early concept models of Hardiman, the experimental exoskeleton prototype GE created in the 1960s. Hardiman was intended to give the average person the ability to lift 1,500 pounds, but it never left the lab. Now, you can recreate the experimental model at home. Click here to get the template for the paper craft Hardiman, designed by Matthew Hawkins.

The template fits an eight inch drawing model, but we think it would look equally nice on Barbie. If you decide to get creative, use the submission tool to show us your prototype! 

I’ve never been in to comic books in my time, never enough to follow a series, but ever since stumbling upon Howard Hardiman’s Sad Badger a year or so ago I was excited to find out about his new project, “The Lengths.” As per usual, Hardiman manages to convey deep feelings through simple black and white drawings, evoking a sense of unease but also understanding. The Lengths is based on what would normally be considered uncomfortable subject matter but I think Hardiman works it well.

http://www.thelengths.com

Better Understanding of Me

Hello, Well I guess this is my first blog. Sooo lets start with an introduction then.

I’m Amanda Kaye Hardiman, or Mandi. Whichever you prefer. And as of now that’s all you need to know. 

Okay, so recently, I’ve become much more comfortable with myself. I’ve been forced to deal with things from my past that I never wanted to admit to or even think about. First thing was the Glee audition (link at the bottom) with the question “what was the biggest obstacle you’ve over-come”. It was easy enough to say “Accepting myself for who I am” and its the truth, but its still a struggle. Then my public speaking professor gave us a speech topic: “The most important thing you’ve learned in life thus far”. Okay. Not too hard, right? HA! In order to tap into this life lesson, my professor wants us to write about our most painful memory. Everyone has at least one. I have several: Leaving the Disney College Program i’m still crying over. But the most important thing that has taught me is “it really sucks to leave the best job/friends/place/home in the world”.

What I’m going to write about has been going on for years. Since early grade school from what I remember. It’s no secret I’m not the prettiest, or the smartest, or what have you. Every girl probably sees these insecurities in their selves.  But from a young age I was bullied. I never came to terms with it because for the longest time in my head, if it wasn't physical bullying, it wasn’t bullying. 

I was that kid with the gigantic glasses that covered half her face, chubby, and awkward, I loved to read, wasn’t very social, etc. You get the picture. In elementary school kids called me “four eyes” or “nerd” or i’d hear remarks like “there goes that fat girl” Yeah, it stung. But I was “tough” I shrugged it off like nothing. But it really hurt on the inside. 

Then middle school hit. Only difference is the glasses were gone. I was still chubby, and still reading like my life depended on it. In a way, it kind of did. Books gave me an escape. I also found another escape. Music. I started playing the violin in the 5th grade, so being an orchestra dork just added fuel to the flame. By eighth grade the harmless taunts turned harsh, and sometimes even threats. There was way more than one occasion I would be walking home and someone wanted to fight with me. I just ignored it and urged any friend I was with (mainly Greg at this point) to do the same, though I was fighting back tears. 

The first year of high school was probably the hardest. I started school a little early. So I was mentally a year behind. Freshman was the point of my real awkwardness and trying to find who i was and everything. Because of the people I hung out with, others thought I was a satanist (no one I ever knew has been. I am a strong Christian. It was the way they dressed) Taunts didn’t stop. My freinds decided they didn’t like hanging out with me. I remember it was the first time I broke down when I got home because I never felt more alone in my struggles. My uncle died and that literally tore my and my extended family apart. My grades sucked, my father was calling me worthless. My parents did absolutely nothing but fight. Everything from running away to suicide was contemplated. I’m sooo happy I was never brave enough to do it. Something in the back of my mind kept telling me there was a reason to stay where i was. Any adult I talked to about it all they would say was “You’re too young to be dealing with that” and that would be the end of it. It really tore me down to the point even talking to a person I believe to be in any aspect comfortable or seemingly comfortable with themselves would scare me. I couldn’t do it. I still have trouble making friends to this day because past experiences have made me such an introvert. 

It wasn’t until sophomore year I started to finally find myself. I realized I loved performing. I loved acting, and forget the violin! I was a singer (or “vocalist” to the more picky……K students) I was finally where I needed to be. One of my best friends that year was a girl named Chrissy. She really taught me what a real friend was. I was really ignorant to that fact at the time. I thought I made plenty of friends in the arts (yeah, i didnt) And i started to build my confidence up to where the bullying stopped.

Well, or so I thought.

My junior and senior year i was in a class called “Drama Exposed”. It was a theatre performance class where the students would write/direct/act in short shows other teachers would ask for. Math, english, science, history, health, PE, you name it. Needless to say nearly everyone in the school saw us perform at least once. In my head, I was one of the funniest ones there. I did weird accents from British, Asian, Body-builder German, and one character where I was convinced Shriek from CatDog was my counterpart. Every time I stepped into a hallway, it seemed some stranger was telling me what a great job I did and how funny I was. For once in my life I felt good about myself. It wasn’t until way later that I found out through my sisters friends (who was a freshman at that time) we all had nick names. “The gay one” “The one with the beard” “The one who looks like shaggy” “The blond with curly hair” “The blond with short hair” “The one with the high voice” And yours truely with “the fat one” Cuz that label makes anyone feel good about themselves. And with other things going on at that time I just really did not care. The kid i heard it from was one of the jerks who picked on me from when I was little (before kindergarten), though he was 2 years younger.

But I was at that point where it just didn’t matter. In retrospect I was the better person. A better person than a lot of people I met in high school. (not all, mind you) I’ve never had to bring people down to get a laugh. I didn’t toss aside my friends like they were nothing. I shot for my goals and made it perfectly clear what I wanted to do with my life. 

I was going to be on Television. Outrageous, right? Yeah, I’ll admit its a little out there. But lets remember I did end up working for Disney World. I have to have that “Dreams come true” mentality. But people have no idea why I’ve made goals like that. 

Yes, It would be great to be famous. (thats at the bottom of my list)

Yes, the money

Yes, it would be fantastic to be known

Yes, I would love to have a job where I can just do what I love and make people happy doing it.

But in the end, I see all of these people making a difference because of their fan base and their able to do something about it

Lady Gaga

Darren Criss

Demi Lovato

All of them have a voice. 

Yes, I know everyone has a voice. And those voices get heard. 

But not by many. 

I want people to hear my story because I know I’m not the only one who’s been through crap like this. I want to be able to take drastic action to make and be the change I want to see in this world. 

It amazes me that our generation has so many things we’re passionate about and nothing makes me happier than when I see people younger than me going out and saving the world, so to speak. Things like that made me realize there are amazing people in this world who do care.

And they outnumber the jerks by, lets say a lot. It gives me hope beyond anything I can imagine.

And now you all know why I am the way that I am.

I’m shy, crazy, timid, and brave all at the same time. I can be that awkward, scared girl still. But break down that wall you have a fighter.

V Glee Project Audition V

http://thegleeprojectcasting.com/Auditions/View/5648073

The First Rea-Life Iron Man - Yup, the same company that was also responsible for Joey brought the first powered exoskeleton to life in 1965, two years after Stan Lee debuted Iron Man.* Called the Hardiman, and co-developed by the United States military, it was a hydraulic and electrical body suit which made lifting 250 pounds feel like lifting 10 pounds                                                                                                                                    

The Story Behind the Real ‘Iron Man’ Suit

With Spiderman slinging onto Broadway this Sunday as the most expensive musical in history; the Green Hornet and Green Lantern soon to hit the big screen; and Iron Man 3, Captain America and Thor movies all in production, we thought we take a look in the vault at GE’s own stab at super-strength.

For decades, engineers and sci-fi buffs have dreamed of an exoskeleton that could boost human strength, turning an average person into a real-world Iron Man. But few people know that in the 1960s, GE set out to bring this vision to life. In other words, the company set out to build its own human exoskeleton.

Dubbed Hardiman, the suit was funded by the U.S. military, and was designed to mimic the user’s natural movements, enabling him to lift up to 1,500 lbs. Of course, this impressive power came at a price — the suit itself weighed 1,500 lbs and included 28 joints and two grasping arms connected by a complex hydraulic and electronic network.

Ultimately, Hardiman’s size, weight, lack of stability, and power-supply issues kept it from ever being developed beyond an experimental prototype.

Today, a new class of exoskeletons has stepped off the drawing board and into reality. Touted as “the real Iron Man,” the XOS 2 suit is arguably the most advanced exoskeleton to date. Recently unveiled by Raytheon and funded by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, XOS 2 allows its wearer to “do the work of two to three soldiers,” according to its creators — including the function of lifting hundreds of pounds for long periods of time.

In Japan, Cyberdyne (no, not the one from Terminator) has developed another wearable robotic suit called HAL that is already on the market. The battery-powered suit was designed to help the disabled and people in rehabilitation therapy, and is being tested for use in hospitals, with nurses wearing it to lift heavy patients.

Although GE’s exoskeleton never made it into production, some of the 1960s-era “Cybernetic Anthropomorphous Machine” technology that went into Hardiman survives today, in the form of the Man-Mate industrial manipulator. Here’s an impressive video clip from the ‘70s describing the machine — and how it can be traced back to Robert Heinlein and his 1959 classic, Starship Troopers.

Western Space and Marine, which was founded by a GE engineer who worked on the Man-Mate line in the 1970s, bought the rights to the Man-Mate technology and continued to develop and improve it. The giant robotic arm, which uses force-feedback to allow the operator to lift loads up to 10,000 lbs, is today used mostly in the forging and foundry industries.

The video shows the walking truck GE was also developing in the 1960s.

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Paul Hardiman, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Paul Hardiman, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (Reproductive Health Research Department UCL EGA Institute for Women’s Health) talks about his group’s research.