Prosthesis. © Furrion Robotics.
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, a firm called Furrion unveiled Prothesis, an enormous four-legged exoskeleton. This strange, mobile monster measures 4.5 metres, weighs in at a whopping 3,620 kilos (watch your toes…) and was clocked at speeds up to 32 km/hr. Its battery life is one hour. It was created to serve as a prototype upon which to model other mechs, and eventually create a racing league. For the moment though, Prothesis’ only job is to put on a spectacular show and stoke in us an irresistible desire to try it out. It works by amplifying the movements of its user, requiring a steady hand coupled with pretty sharp hand-eye coordination.
⇨ Roadshow, “Giant mech takes first steps toward its own racing league.”