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Comment: Possible prosthetic applications? (Score 3, Insightful) 44

by pewterfish (#38147562) Attached to: A New Class of Inflatable Robots By OtherLab
Lightweight, dextrous, "safe" and strong... Granted, it's not got the full range of motion a human arm needs, yet, but this is interesting work. A small pneumatic compresser should be belt- or backpack-mountable, and then it would just need the control and processing electronics. Admittedly that's still kind of a big problem, but at a limb weight of 2lbs, this technology could be an interesting alternative to the "full-metal" approach of current limbs.

Comment: Re:Do We Have To Keep Carrying Our Fuel With Us? (Score 1) 205

by pewterfish (#12970248) Attached to: Next NASA Vehicles To Resemble Shuttles

I'll second that. Bigger, dumber rockets are emphatically NOT a solution to the orbit problem: the waste of engineering and resources is, frankly, disturbing.

Better solutions have been suggested, but as yet no-one with any serious clout is willing to develop them. The Skylon project is currently trying to gather support from a consortium of aerospace companies, after being 'considered' by ESA.

There appear to be ways of getting to orbit that don't involve carrying things up there only to throw them down again, but no-one is listening. Bit of a shame, really.

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