While it may not be as robust as the Amplified Mobility Platform Suits that tore through Pandora in the movie "Avatar," a new robotic exoskeleton is strong enough to handle a light jog and includes hands that are nimble enough to pick up an egg without cracking it.
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Developed by Sagawa Electronics, the Powered Jacket MK3 boasts an aluminum and carbon fiber frame that weighs only 55 pounds, despite being almost seven-and-a-half-feet tall. After strapping themselves into the motorized joints, users simply move to activate the suit's corresponding limbs that mimic the wearer's every move. Imagine a glorified stilt puppet and you get the picture.
Sagawa says it will create up to five suits with price tags fetching around $123,000, but don't count on slipping on down to your local exoskeleton mega store and just picking one up anytime soon. As of now, the Powered Jacket MK3 is more of a novelty project.
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However, if you find yourself in Japan later this month, stop by the Wonder Festival 2013, where Sagawa plans to showcase the suit. The company has even created a comic to help further develop MK3′s origin story. Check out this video as "Scarface Santaro" gives a demo of the exoskeleton.