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RPC M1B Rocket-Propelled Chainsaw


Rocket-Propelled Chainsaw

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These work best during instances where hordes of zombies line up perfectly to your line-of-sight.

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Real Star Wars – The Walker


AT-AT walkers

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In the Star Wars films, walkers were vehicles that were usually military, that used mechanical legs as its primary method of locomotion over the landscape rather than the more common repulsors, wheels, or treads. Its primary use was for ground assault or transport.

In the original trilogy (the first three Star Wars movies made, IV, V, and VI), there is the All Terrain Armored Transport (AT-AT) and the All Terrain Scout Transport (AT-ST). In the prequel trilogy (the last three movies made I, II, and III) and the Star Wars Expanded Universe, there are numerous other types of walkers.

Star Wars has popularized the use of walkers and mecha in various media, which usually bear a similar resemblance to the bipedal AT-ST. Star Wars walkers have inspired the use of mecha in film, video games, board games, books, TV shows, and Japanese anime. George Lucas claims that he got the original idea for walkers from the cargo lifters which reside in the port of Oakland.

The definition of Mecha from Wikipedia:

Mecha, also known as meka or mechs, is a broad genre of walking vehicles which are usually controlled by a pilot. Mecha often appear in anime, science fiction, and other genres involving fantastic or futuristic elements. Mecha are generally, though not necessarily, bipedal, with arms, hands, and usually fingers capable of grasping objects. A mecha that approximates the shape of a human body allows the use of martial arts movements and swordsmanship, ceremonial acts of honor, saluting, and other human mannerisms that cannot be performed using a tank or airplane.

In most fiction in which they appear, mecha are war machines: essentially armored fighting vehicles with legs instead of treads or wheels. Some stories, such as the manga Patlabor and American wargame BattleTech, also encompass mecha used for civilian purposes such as heavy construction work, police functions or firefighting.

Some science fiction universes posit that mecha are the primary means of combat, with conflicts sometimes being decided through gladiatorial matches. Others represent mecha as one component of an integrated military force, supported by and fighting alongside tanks, fighter aircraft, and infantry, functioning as a mechanical cavalry. The applications often highlight the theoretical usefulness of such a device, combining a tank’s resilience and fire power with infantry’s ability to cross unstable terrain. In other cases they are demonstrated with a greater versatility in armament, such as in the Armored Core series of video games where mecha can utilize their hands to carry a wide range of armament in the same manner as a person albeit on a much larger scale.

The distinction between true mecha and their smaller cousins (and likely progenitors), the powered armor suits [also known as powered exoskeletons], is blurred; according to one definition, a mecha is piloted while a powered armor is worn. Anything large enough to have a c*ckpit where the pilot is seated is generally considered a mecha.Read more…

In real-life a walker (also known as a mecha), is a vehicle that moves on legs rather than wheels or tracks. Walkers have been constructed with anywhere from one to more than eight legs. They are classified according to the number of legs with common configurations being one leg (pogo stick or “hopper”), two legs (biped), four legs (quadruped), and six legs (hexapod).

Walking Truck (Cybernetic Walking Machine)

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The Walking Truck (Cybernetic Walking Machine) was an experimental quadruped robot built by General Electric in 1968. It was designed by Ralph Mosher to help infantry carry equipment over rough terrain. The stepping of the robot was controlled by a human operator through foot and hand movements coupled to hydraulic valves. The complex movements of the legs and body pose were done entirely through hydraulics. The hydraulic fluid and pressure was supplied through an off-board system. The Walking Truck can be seen at the U.S. Army Transportation Museum in Fort Eustis, VA. (Wickelgren, 1996). The robot weighted 3,000 pounds and could walk up to 5 miles an hour. It was exhausting to control and operators, according to program lead Ralph Mosher who was the primary driver, could only drive the Walking Truck for a limited time.
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Land Walker

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The Land Walker is a one-man, two-legged supposed walker transport, 3.40 metres in height. Made with the assistance of P.A. Technology, the walker is copyright of the Sakakibara Kikai Co. and Ltd.
The vehicle’s design features a c*ckpit, two legs, and two air cannons (each firing large rubber balls which ironically cost more than bullets). The legs end in feet containing wheels that help push the walker forward. The walker’s usual speed is approximately 1.5 km/h. It does not actually walk, however, instead shuffling on wheels hidden under its “feet.” This means it is not technically a walker; it merely has the appearance of one.
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This mecha will not work on terrain that is not entirely flat as it would just fall over.

T-52 Enryu (Rescue Dragon)

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The T-52 Enryu (T-52 援竜, lit. rescue dragon), sometimes referred to as “HyperRescueRobot”, is a five-ton, 3 meter tall (approx. 10 ft), hydraulically-operated robot, built to cut a path through debris for rescue workers, in the wake of an earthquake or other catastrophe. It can perform heavy lifting of up to one ton, and its arms have the full range of motion available to the human arm. The Enryu was designed by the Japanese company Tmsuk, and a prototype was unveiled in March, 2004 in Japan.

As of 2006, the robot conducted a performance test at Nagaoka University of Technology and successfully lifted a car from a snowbank.

TMSUK developed the robot in cooperation with Kyoto University, the Kitakyushu Fire Department and Japan’s National Research Institute of Fire and Disaster in Tokyo. The 3.5 metre-tall robot can either be driven from a c*ckpit positioned at the front of the robot or it can be controlled remotely as like its cousin the Banryu, it contains multiple CCD cameras which transmit to the remote driver – in this case, it has seven 6.8-megapixel CCD cams mounted on its “head”, “torso” and “arms”.
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Walking Forest Machine

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John Deere’s hexapod Walking Forest Machine is a type of real walker.

LittleDog

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Two smaller walkers, that do not carry a pilot (or passengers), are BigDog and LittleDog who are both used in the military.

AT-ST walker

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Real walkers have been created and are quite possible, although many are limited. For more information on the practicality of mecha as war machines, click here.

Real Iron Man – The Weaponry


Repulsors

While I am sure that jet packs are being designed to propel the user from the ground, I highly doubt that they are currently also being designed for use as weapons. However, in the film, the repulsors assist in flight, but with a little tweaking, the glove repulsor thrusters and the uni-beam projector at the center of his chest are utilized for yet another use: firepower.

Tony Stark’s ‘repulsor technology’ has not been invented yet in real-life, but we do have particle beam weapons, lasers, and ‘sound bullets’. In real-life there is some technology similar to repulsor rays that are real or even practicable; most, however, are purely science fiction. The repulsor technology (in the film) does not have moving parts, it imparts kinetic force on the target, it charges quickly, there is no visible thermal or chemical damage, they are independent from the rest of the suit, and there is a recoil when they are fired.

A particle beam weapon uses an electromagnetic field generator to focus ionized particles into a centralized sphere of heat and energy. Which, with a sudden reverse of current, can be shot out in an energy-ball type form. This kind of weapon works by disrupting electric circuits and electronic devices in its targets. It can also damage or melt its target by the electrical resistance heating of the target. If living tissue, such as humans or animals, were to be caught by the electrical discharge of an electron beam weapon, they would be most likely electrocuted.

Most of the weapons in Iron Man are real and practical such as the dual arm-mounted 9mm submachine guns, shoulder-mounted minigun, shoulder deployed bunker buster missile launchers, anti-tank missiles, anti-personnel guns in the shoulders, flare launchers on the hips, multi-fire adhesive grenade launcher on the upper arm, and a one-time-use hand-mounted laser weapon added to the various suits shown in the Iron Man films. They would simply have to be added to the armor itself.

Several experimental particle beam weapons were tested at scientific laboratories such as the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico by both the United States and the USSR from the 1950s to the 1980s. The U.S. Defense Strategic Defense Initiative Organization put into development the technology of a neutral particle beam for strategic defense applications.

Work on a weapon such as this is being developed by Sandia National Laboratories (a portion of Lockheed Martin Co.) in Sandia, New Mexico. Work on a $40 Million Ion Beam Facility at Kirtland Air Force Base has begun. It will house six accelerators; and is scheduled for occupancy this year.

World's Largest Laser

The quest to design a controlled fusion reaction is currently underway at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s National Ignition Facility (NIF), with scientists reporting that early progress ahead of ignition experiments (which are set to start later this year). The main aim of the world’s largest laser—which is the size of three football fields—is to develop a carbon-free, limitless fusion energy.

Laser-Equipped Robot

The Navy has been testing laser-armed robotic guns for defense against incoming missiles. It has already been used to knock a drone out of the sky. CIWS are generally outfitted with a 20mm Gatling gun, as a ship’s last line of defense against incoming missiles. If they can make the transition to lasers, there are two advantages: first, they do not have to be reloaded; and second, when used on land, there will not be as much shrapnel lying around as they destroy more of the threat than the Gatling guns do.

Sound bullets

At the California Institute of Technology, a team of researchers, in Pasadena think that they have found a way to make sound waves even more powerful with a new type of acoustic lens. It works by generating ‘sound bullets’ that shoot through the air much like a traditional bullet.

Acoustic lenses are used to focus sound in a similar way that an optical lens focuses light. Instead of using glass and mirrors, they designed a acoustic lens that is made of 21 rows of stainless-steel spheres, with each row having its own 21 spheres. By striking the top portion of the lens (the first sphere in each row), it generates acoustic solitary waves so that the researchers can send a compressive wave to each stack or row. These waves are then transmitted into whatever is on the other side of the lens.

Building

Now that you know everything there is to know about the fictional and real-life Iron Man technology, AI, weapons, jet packs, and suits of armor, are you going to learn from these inventors, programmers, and designers and invent/build/design your own. Who knows? You might become the next real Iron Man. Only the future will tell.

Real Iron Man – The Artificial Intelligence


Jarvis

Chad Barraford, who currently resides in Brookline, Massachusetts, was inspired by the movie Iron Man and decided that he wanted to turn the fictional AI, Jarvis (the speaking AI that allows Tony Stark to monitor his home, workshop, and build his Iron Man armor) into a reality. Using RFID tags, wall speakers, X10 home automation system, xTag wireless microphone, and doing it all using a 4-year-old Mac Mini computer that features built-in speech recognition for $691.98 he did just that.

His digital life assistant (DLA), which he calls “Project Jarvis”, listens and talks to him, monitors his apartment; changes the lighting, AC, and controls his household appliances, and keeps him up-to-date on current events. It gives/sends him real-time weather reports, breaking news, information on his Netflix account, bittorrenting, assistance for cooking, check stock quotes, Facebook notifications, and it even can track his Amazon packages. It can give him notifications about his bills, spending, income, bank fees, unusual spending, etc. Jarvis can also access Chad’s GPS using the Google Latitude service so Jarvis knows where Chad is located.

Not only can he give it commands via Instant Messaging, a remote, or Twitter, but it can also talk back, and recognize Chad’s own voice. This works because of the system that he developed (using the AppleScript programming language) that allows his words to be interpreted through MacSpeech Dictate on his Mac Mini.

Now that you already know all about Project Jarvis, you probably want a DLA yourself. When asked if the product would become available, Chad responded and said that he wanted to develop it to meet his own personal needs, and to create a two-way connection between him and his apartment. He recently stated that he would be releasing Project Jarvis as open source software soon so that it could become developed further by a community of programmers.

So what is Project Jarvis?

Overview of Project Jarvis.

Project Jarvis’s fancy alarm clock and wake up alarm.

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Is this the future of personal computers? is Apple going to jump on this and develop their own DLA? is Microsoft? is Google? only time will tell.

Real Iron Man – The Suit


Ok, by now you probably know that I like the movie Iron Man, but I still have not seen the second movie (how does that work?). So I assume that you probably know now that the title above is a bit misleading, but you really should keep reading…

War Machine

Iron Man Mark VI and War Machine
Iron Man MKV ('Suit case armor')

Anthony Le, a 25-year-old fitness consultant, prop maker, and budding filmmaker who currently resides in Colorado, was inspired by the first Iron Man film and knew he wanted to build his own Iron Man suit. He built the War Machine suit instead of the familiar Iron Man suit because he believed that “it just looks more hardcore”. He also built an advanced replica of the Mark VI that Tony Stark himself wears in Iron Man 2. The design of the Mark VI is similar to the War Machine suit, but it does not feature its own machine gun.

Iron Man

His first suit was more of a costume than his new suit (a version of the War Machine), which was made from materials from Wal-Mart and Home Depot—high-impact urethane, rivets, washers, and a servo motor for the faceplate which is activated from a button inside the chest-plate. He based his design of the War Machine on sketches and concepts of the suit (from the Iron Man 2 movie) that he found on the Internet since the movie had not been released in Theaters at the time that he built it. The rest of the suit was painted silver after it was completed. The helmet mold was made with clay, and the final product was made from a liquid resin mix. The eyes and chest-plate have working LEDs in them. The machine gun, which is mounted on the shoulder, is made from PVC pipes and other materials; it also has a motor and a belt drive which makes it spin much like the real thing at the push of a button (which is located inside one of his gloves). The machine gun could be easily modified to serve as a airsoft or paintball gun. The batteries that power the lights, motor, and servo are located inside the suit’s frame.

After a month and more than $4000 dollars later he had his own ‘War Machine’.

Check out this video of both Iron Man and War Machine (Anthony) fighting masses of invisible enemies.

He also has a zombie version of the War Machine suit.

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